Trump Praised the North Koreans as "Great People"

Marsha Scott
November 7, 2017

Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front with Japan against North Korea through meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

While announcing the deal last week, Beijing, which views the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system as a security threat, said it noted that Seoul stated it won't do several things: deploying an additional THAAD battery, helping develop security cooperation with Japan and the US into a trilateral military alliance and joining a global USA missile defense network.

Presidential spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a press briefing that the government will treat President Trump as the state guest with respect and warmly welcome him in a bid to turn his visit into a decisive opportunity to make the South Korea-U.S. relations a "great alliance" beyond the current comprehensive alliance.

The Pentagon believes the only way to make sure that all of North Korea's nuclear weapons sites are found and secured is a ground invasion, the Washington Post reported Saturday. This contrasts with Trump, who has threatened the North with "fire and fury" and exchanged warlike rhetoric with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea is arguably the most pressing issue facing Trump on his 13-day swing through Asia.

North Korea's recent actions, including several missiles that overflew Japan and Pyongyang's sixth and largest nuclear test, have raised the stakes in the most critical global challenge of Trump's presidency.

"This is a country that grew out of the total devastation of the Korean War, and over a matter of six, seven decades we've become a thriving democracy. and a thriving market economy", the foreign minister said.

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"This is reflective of the sense of insecurity on the part of the South Koreans that they don't have that protection from the United States and the United States may be more willing under President Trump to really throw them under the bus", Lee said. At present, South Korea is defended by the USA nuclear umbrella, a guarantee by Washington to defend the country in the wake of an attack.

"I think it's expected we'll meet with Putin, yeah".

The claim was made in September by a retired Air Force general who said the figure was estimated based on a conventional war scenario and did not include potential use of nuclear weapons.

'There is only one way that this war ends.

"There are no good military options for North Korea".

Beijing has pleaded with both the USA and Pyongyang to 'realize that resorting to military force will never be a viable way to resolve the peninsula issue and their own concerns, adding that 'War on the peninsula will have no victor'.

Abe revealed during the joint news conference that on Tuesday he will announce his country will freeze assets of almost three dozen North Korean groups and individuals.

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