US President Donald Trump has vowed to tackle North Korea on a trip to Asia in November.
The White House has announced Trump will visit Japan, China, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and the US state of Hawaii on the 11-day long trip.
While there, the president will participate in regional summits hoping the countries will join America in ‘the international resolve to confront’ North Korea.
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The White House statement read in full:
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from November 3 – 14, 2017.
The President will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements — including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit — demonstrating his continued commitment to the alliances and partnerships of the United States in the region.
President Trump will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America’s prosperity and security.
He will also emphasise the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America’s trade partners.
The President’s engagements will strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearise of the Korean Peninsula.
In recent months North Korea and the US have been engaged in a heated battle of words leaving many questioning when World War 3 is going to start.
In his speech to the United Nations, Trump threatened to annihilate North Korea, issuing a warning that the US would ‘totally destroy‘ Kim Jong-un’s nation if they launched an attack on America or its allies.
The US President also called on the international community to take a tougher stance on North Korea.
Despite international condemnation, North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear explosive test earlier this month and has promised to conduct another in the Pacific Ocean soon.
Kim Jong-un said in a rare statement he would ‘tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire’.
Meant to be a damning blow, people were more concerned about what exactly a ‘dotard’ was…
Things we learned Thursday: Kim Jong-un speaks better English and has a larger vocabulary than our senile, Imbecile-in-Chief Trump. #dotard
— Bill Madden (@activist360) September 22, 2017
Everyone on Twitter
– OMG HE CALLED TRUMP A #dotard
– Is that a word?
– Wait…is that a real word?
– *looks up word*
– HE IS A DOTARD!
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) September 22, 2017
Donald Trump: "I have the best words, Rocket Man."
Kim Jong-un: "Hold my covfefe, #dotard."
— Donald J. Trump (@BiglyPrez) September 22, 2017
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘dotard’ is:
A person, especially an old person, exhibiting a decline in mental faculties; a weak-minded or foolish old person.
During Trump’s visit, he is hoping to rally the country’s neighbours into joining an economic sanctions campaign against North Korea.
Recently the Beijing commerce ministry ordered any North Korean business operating within China to cease trading by January 2018.
This includes any joint ventures with Chinese companies.
The international community is viewing this action as being critical when it comes to strengthening sanctions.
The US has previously criticised China for being lenient with the nuclear-obsessed nation.
China has been facing extra pressure, particularly from the US, being North Korea’s neighbour and greatest trading partner.
China NK biggest trade partner. That's gonna have serious implications.
— Moe Dahir (@modahir254) September 28, 2017
Previously Beijing had just banned various North Korean imports such as coal, seafood and iron ore.
It is not clear yet whether China’s latest announcement will be made in regards to the exporting of crude oil which makes up the vast majority of Chinese energy supplies to North Korea.
It will also be interesting to see what new sanctions Trump’s visit to Asia will bring.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.