Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Critics carp at 'impatient' Donald Trump on trip to Japan

Critics carp at 'impatient' Donald Trump on trip to Japan

South Korea will roll out the red carpet for Mr. Trump as it seeks messages of assurance about the alliance and US resolve. "If it is necessary" to shoot down a missile, "of course we will do that".

U.S. President Donald Trump headed to Seoul on Tuesday vowing to "figure it all out" with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, despite the two allies' differences on how to deal with the nuclear-armed North.

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During his first day in South Korea, Trump at least temporarily lowered the temperature on his usually incendiary language about the North. He visited the USA and South Korean troops at a military base just south of Seoul. Abe announced the plan in a joint news conference after the meeting.

Critics say the South Korean moves, dubbed by local media as its "Three No" policies, could undermine the operational capability of the allied South Korea-U.S. forces and Trump's push to bolter three-way co-operation with Seoul and Tokyo to put more pressure on Pyongyang.

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President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands before a bilateral meeting at the Akasaka Palace, on November 6, 2017, in Tokyo.

On Wednesday, Trump will speak to South Korean MPs but his visit will not include a trip to the demilitarised zone dividing the Korean peninsula, with the administration downplaying the destination as "a little bit of a cliché".

"You have a very, very aggressive, tough prime minister".

Trump, during the press conference, said the deal had been "quite unsuccessful" for the United States, and that the two countries were going to "pursue a much better deal".

Abe endorsed Trump's skepticism of talks with North Korea.

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Scott D. Sagan, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, wrote in a recent Foreign Affairs article that, at this point, the United States government needs to admit it has failed to prevent North Korea from acquiring nuclear weapons and ICBMs. "Now is the time not for dialogue but for applying a maximum level of pressure on North Korea".

That's something he's going to discuss tomorrow when he gives a speech at the National Assembly here in Seoul, and he's also celebrating South Korea's decision to buy some additional American military hardware.

"No child should ever be subjected to such cruelty", Trump said.

Trump enacted a law in August that was forced on him by the US Congress, pressing for new economic and political sanctions against Iran, Russia and North Korea. At a lavish dinner thrown in his honor, the president told the story of how the two leaders first met one year ago, after the election but before Trump became president. But Trump said Abe was persistent and got on a plane to NY.

GREENE: And I mean, Trump actually got some really pointed questions, though, from the South Korean press, right?

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Abe came to Trump Tower and brought Trump a $3,000 driver with a gold-colored head. "I never knew we had so many countries".

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