Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

US President Donald Trump begins Asia tour, lands in Japan

US President Donald Trump begins Asia tour, lands in Japan

"Amid rising tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, the letter notes the difficulty of establishing the "'best- or worst-case casualty scenarios'" should war break out with North Korea, given the proximity of South Korean capital Seoul to the de-militarised zone and uncertainty over how much warning the US would have of a North Korean attack.

Mr McMaster said President Trump would urge countries with the most influence over Pyongyang to "convince its leaders that the pursuit of nuclear weapons is a dead end" and that it must denuclearise.

"Every once in a while in the past, they underestimated us".

Kang said Trump's comments on Kim in recent months were an "indication of his strong, strong desire to come to terms with this, to resolve this once and for all". "It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared Trump.

"The era of strategic patience is over", he told journalists in Tokyo alongside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea.

He told reporters on Air Force One en route to Asia that North Korea would figure prominently in discussions during the trip.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a meeting with a committee of the Workers' Party of Korea about the test of a hydrogen bomb, at an unknown location, September 4, 2017. "The only and one way for checking his rash act is to tame him with absolute physical power", KCNA's report said.

Dumont noted that the USA is evaluating North Korea's ability to target heavily populated areas of South Korea with long-range artillery, rockets and ballistic missiles.

"We remain postured to respond in the event of a provocation or conflict, and we have taken all appropriate measures to protect our allies, the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Japan, and U.S. Forces in those countries", the letter reads. "Then its regret is too late".

The amount of casualties would differ depending on the advance warning and the ability of US and South Korea forces to counter these attacks, he said.

While repeatedly calling for dialogue to resolve the issue, China has also signed up for increasingly tough United Nations sanctions against North Korea. Those sanctioned were banned from having any trade deals with South Korea. "They're high-ranking employees who have been linked to North Korea's nuclear and missile development program as well as the North's foreign exchange procurement efforts".

"They are all people at North Korean financial institutions that have already been sanctioned by the United Nations", an anonymous government official said, Asian Correspondent reported.

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