Trump could face thorny issues on South Korea visit

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North Korea has condemned President Donald Trump's harsh rhetoric against their leader Kim Jong-un during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe on Sunday. "The U.S. should not expect us to make any change". The visit would see the president discuss the escalating nuclear threat from Pyongyang as part of global dialogue between him and the respective world leaders.

"Together with our allies, America's warriors are prepared to defend our nation using the full range of our unmatched capabilities... every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us".

It comes after a series of missile and nuclear tests in the past few months, a sharp escalation from recent years.

"I think we now know that they have 5,000 tons of VX", de Bretton-Gordon said, speaking to NBC News in September. These lawmakers are also keen to make it clear that President Trump can not unilaterally attack North Korea without Congressional authorization. "It was not pleasant", he further added, VOA News reported.

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.

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.

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"Nobody can predict when Trump does a reckless act".

Renegotiating South Korea's bilateral free trade agreement with the USA, dubbed KORUS, is likely be high on the agenda during the Trump-Moon summit.

Without "distinguished leadership", North Korea would have "fallen a victim to the invasion by the barbarous USA imperialists". "Then its regret is too late".

But as the president prepares to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in, a report by a South Korean spy agency Thursday said there was "active movement" surrounding a missile research facility in Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, South Korea has also begun tightening its measures against the Pyongyang by implementing sanctions against 18 North Koreans. While they would offer protection against North Korea's conventional weapons, they are not created to withstand a nuclear or chemical attack.

In a June article in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the military historian Reid Kirby said the types of artillery along the demilitarized zone, and vulnerability of children and the elderly, meant that a North Korean attack using the nerve agent Sarin could kill as many as 2.5 million people in Seoul and injure millions more.

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