Trump confirms plans to meet with Putin during his Asian tour

Trump confirms plans to meet with Putin during his Asian tour

Mr. Trump, who is on a 12-day trip, is to speak to US and Japanese forces at Yokota air base shortly after arriving in Japan on Sunday and looked to stress the importance of the alliance to regional security. As it seeks to send missiles farther, North Korea has test-launched two over northern Japan and into the Pacific Ocean this year.

Recent drills over South Korea by two USA strategic bombers have further heightened tensions.

Since taking office, though, Trump has bonded with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The two men also met on the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Italy this spring and Trump hosted Abe in Florida.

Also on the agenda during Mr Trump's second day in Asia: an audience with Emperor Akihito, a sit-down with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a state dinner.

In South Korea, Trump will visit Camp Humphreys, a newly-expanded military base that will ultimately house numerous 28,500 US troops on the peninsula. He'll continue to make that case when he visits China, which is North Korea's biggest trading partner.

His trip got off to a colorful start in Hawaii.

The president kickstarted his much-anticipated Asia tour with a daylong stopover in Hawaii, where he and the first lady laid a wreath of white flowers at the USS Arizona Memorial, which honors the 1,177 crewmembers who died in the December 7, 1941, attack by the Japanese.

"We're in the midst of having very major discussions on many subjects, including North Korea and trade and we're doing very well", Trump told reporters in front of a restaurant in Tokyo alongside Abe. A senior White House official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, said the pair had discussed trade and North Korea - but didn't keep score.

North Korea has acknowledged apprehending 13 Japanese in the 1970s and 1980s, but claims all those captives have died or been released. We'll be enlisting the help of a lot of people and countries and we'll see what happens.

US President Donald Trump can expect a friendly reception in Japan, his first stop on a five-nation Asia trip that kicks off Sunday. "There is a lot of good will".

Putin is scheduled to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, which Trump will also attend as part of his long Asia tour.

The North's state-run KCNA news agency said in a commentary that the US should be disabused of the "absurd idea" that Pyongyang would succumb to global sanctions and give up its nuclear weapons, adding that it is in "the final stage for completing nuclear deterrence".

"A lot of lovely equipment is coming and nobody makes it like they do in the United States", he said, adding: "We dominate the sky, we dominate the sea, we dominate the land and space, not only because we have the best equipment".

In Washington, a new analysis emerged from the Pentagon saying that a ground invasion of North Korea is the only way to locate and destroy, with complete certainty, all components of Kim's nuclear weapons program.

Also, some 500 protesters took to the streets in Seoul Saturday, chanting slogans and waving banners as they accused Mr. Trump of bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of war.

Mr. Trump, who dismissed direct talks with Pyongyang as "waste of time", will meet with President Moon Jae-In, who came to power early this year advocating for engagement with Pyongyang, a stance denounced as "appeasement" by Mr. Trump.

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