Trump calls Japan 'crucial ally' as he kicks off Asia trip

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Trump, who has signed a sweeping executive order increasing U.S. authority to sanction companies that finance trade with North Korea, has said all options are on the table in dealing with Kim.

"President Trump will reiterate the plain fact that North Korea threatens not just our allies - South Korea and Japan - and the United States", national security adviser H.R. McMaster said in a briefing on Thursday.

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Seán O'Rourke Mr Halligan said he wanted to hold talks with government officials from North Korea.

North Korea is reportedly getting close to developing a missile that could hit the west coast of the US and shrinking a nuclear device small enough to go into that missile - raising the threat level from serious to existential.

"Golf diplomacy" has provided common ground in the past, with Mr Abe gifting Mr Trump an expensive gold-coloured driver in May, and the US leader giving his Japanese counterpart a golf shirt.

"The Lancers then transited overland to Korea to integrate with Republic of Korea fighters in the Yellow Sea", the statement read, adding that the aircraft later returned "to their respective home stations".

In an apparent attempt to distinguish between North Korea's leadership and ordinary people, he said he thought North Koreans were "great people".

President Trump donned a military-style bomber jacket shortly after arriving Sunday in Japan and projected confidence that the United States will confront threats in Asia, telling hundreds of U.S. troops that they will have his administration's support "to fight, to overpower and to always, always, always win".

"Active movements of vehicles have been detected at a missile research facility in Pyongyang", the National Intelligence Service told a closed-door parliamentary audit, according to the Yonhap news agency.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump toss flower petals while visiting the USS Arizona.

Mueller also revealed that Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos had lied to the FBI about his contacts with Kremlin-connected officials, but then turned informant.

The last time the two men met, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, North Korea launched a missile over Japan.

Although U.S. presidents visiting Korea often tour the demilitarized zone, Trump will not do so.

Now China has championed the American mission while the U.S. retreats from the founding vision to herald President Trump's "America First" strategy. "It's grueling, they tell me, but fortunately that's historically not been a problem for me".

Some members of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) are already opposed to Australian teams playing in the region.

"That is also the political rationale for [South Korea's president] Moon Jae-in to suggest they might have some form of cooperation in the context of the Winter Olympics". Trump has suggested he'll look more favorably on China's trade moves if Xi cooperates on North Korea.

US officials said earlier this week a decision may be made for the three carriers to carry out a joint exercise to coincide with the President's trip.

With Washington keen to pursue a Japan-U.S. trade deal that would likely put Tokyo in a weaker negotiating position, the issue is being worked out in a dialogue framework helmed by Japanese Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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