Trump says he plans to meet Putin during Asia tour

Violet Powell
November 7, 2017

Rear Adm Michael J Dumont of the Joint Staff offered the assessment in response to a letter from Reps Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona.

Addressing the USA military personnel stationed at the Japanese air base, Trump warned "no one, no dictator, no regime. should underestimate American resolve". Seoul, its capital, is just 30 miles from the North Korean border and in range of thousands of artillery pieces that are trained on the city.

Other issues at stake are South Korea's hope to regain the wartime operational control of its troops, now placed at the hands of the chief of the 28,000 US troops in the South, and Seoul's possible purchase of high-tech USA weapons systems.

The information has been disclosed after a group of US Congressmen called for an assessment of possible fallout should military action commence. "This will ultimately bring peace and prosperity to the Korean Peninsula".

"With that in mind, the thought of sending troops into harm's way and expending resources on another potentially unwinnable war is chilling".

South Korea said Sunday it is ready to "warmly welcome" U.S. President Donald Trump later this week, adding it will use the visit to lay the groundwork for an even stronger alliance between the two countries.

Trump's Air Force One plane landed at the Yokota Air Base where the president was due to make a short address before heading to the golf course for a round with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Trump is expected to spend two days in South Korea, but is not expected to visit the DMZ, the border that has separated North and South Korea for 64 years, because "there is not enough time in the schedule", a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.

"I hope this will be of benefit to all, it will be great if we can work for this great nation and for all", added Trump, who arrived today in Japan.

'Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?

The toll could be broad across the entire region, with millions presumed to die in South Korea alone, with Japan and Guam also likely to be targeted, and a "catastrophic" loss of USA troops participating in the war.

Recent drills over South Korea by two U.S. strategic bombers have further raised tensions.

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

North Korea itself welcomed Trump to the region with a rhetorical volley via the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, warning a "spiritual instable" president against making "reckless remarks".

"We want to get it solved".

Trump's marathon trip comes with the North Korea crisis at fever pitch, as United States bombers fly sorties over the Korean peninsula and fears mount of another Pyongyang missile test.

The Pentagon made the assessment in a letter to two House members who asked about "expected casualty assessments in a conflict with North Korea", including civilians and US troops in South Korea, Japan and Guam, according to the daily.

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.

US President Donald Trump said Sunday he expected to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin during an Asian tour likely to be dominated by worldwide tensions over North Korea.

North Korea has said in public statements that it wants an official end to the Korean War.

The Center for Nonproliferation Studies estimates North Korea has between 2,500 and 5,000 metric tons of chemical weapons, including a large supply of VX, the deadliest nerve agent ever created.

A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates that as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 USA citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

As of the announcement on Monday, South Korea had North Korea sanctions imposed on 97 individuals.

China's fuel exports to North Korea fell in August, along with iron ore imports from the isolated nation, as trade slowed after the latest UN sanctions, but coal shipments resumed after a five-month hiatus.

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