USA envoy to Japan says military action against N. Korea unlikely

Trump to Visit S. Korea, China, Japan in November

Trump is also expected to discuss trade and economic ties to the region and will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in the Philippines.

Tensions continue to increase as North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump exchange insults and threats over the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. Trump will attend Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the U.S. in the region, the White House said.

Asian leaders who met Trump at the United Nations General Assembly in NY last week persuaded him to attend in unity with key Asian allies, a U.S. official said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, during the celebration of Korean Armed Forces Day, reiterated the need to take back wartime operational control (OPCON) of Korean military from United States-led command structure.

In an effort to check the rising nuclear threat from rogue nation North Korea, the president of the United States will be visiting 5 countries in Asia in November 2017.

A war against North Korea "cannot happen" even if "the Korea-U.S. alliance breaks down", said Moon Chung-in, presidential special adviser on foreign affairs and national security, speaking at a panel on how to resolve the Korean Peninsula crisis hosted by the East Asian Future Foundation in Seoul Wednesday. "Let us concentrate on cooperation and properly manage our differences in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit", he said to Tillerson. Trump has recently denounced Kim as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission and warned North Korea would face devastation if it threatens the US. Trump had exerted heavy pressure on China to rein in North Korea resulting in Beijing deciding to impose trade and banking embargo.

Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.

"It would be helpful if the President would highlight some trade practices of our partners we appreciate as well as those we most want to see changed", Scissors said. The announcement regarding this was made today by the White House.

After the dialogue is over, the four mechanisms that President Xi Jinping and Trump agreed to at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in April will be completed.

North Korea has often marked significant events on its calendar by conducting weapons tests, such as its fifth nuclear test a year ago on September 9, its founding anniversary.

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