U.S. holds talks with Asian allies over North Korea

Trump's visit to Korea confirmed for Nov. 7

Trump's visit to Korea confirmed for Nov. 7

U.S. President Donald Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii between November 3-14, the White House said on Monday, amid rising tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. During his two-day stop in Japan, prior to his arrival in Seoul, Sullivan said the U.S.is not ruling out the possibility of holding direct talks with Pyongyang.

The three diplomats agreed to apply maximum pressure on North Korea in ways created to prompt the country to change its nuclear weapons development policy and become open to dialogue, Sugiyama said at a joint news conference after the meeting. "But we need to be prepared to respond to any eventuality given the unpredictable nature of the regime in Pyongyang", he said.

Sugiyama said that the meeting to be held later in the day with his South Korean and USA counterparts - Lim Sung-nam and John Sullivan - will be a chance to reconfirm their three-way cooperation.

"Our objective is, throughout that campaign of pressure, to bring North Korea to the negotiating table without preconditions so that we can achieve our objective of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula", he said. They regularly conduct joint exercises, though North Korea condemns them as an invasion rehearsal.

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North Korea is known to be working on a long-range missile capable of hitting the Unites States and is actively testing out rockets. -South Korea drills and what he called US plans to remove North Korea's leadership.

Kim's speech follows increasingly tough United Nations sanctions.

The Seoul meeting was set to take place following threatening comments made by North Korean Deputy U.N. Ambassador Kim In Ryong, who warned Monday that a "nuclear war may break out any moment".

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