War With Kim Jong Un 'Must Not Happen,' South Korea Says

US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in leave after posing for

"Some people said that my rhetoric is very strong, but look what's happened with very weak rhetoric over the last 25 years, look where we are right now", he added.

"I think they are a great people, they are hardworking, they are kind and warm, more hearty than the world knows and understands", he said.

During election campaigning, Trump said South Korea and Japan must make more contributions for together hosting 80,000 US troops or he might withdraw those soldiers.

'Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us.

Trump, who has responded to North Korea's repeated tests and pursuit of nuclear capabilities with threats of "fire and fury", is scheduled to golf Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Trump has criticized the deal as a source of the US trade deficit with South Korea, an argument officials there dismiss.

As President Trump prepares to set foot for the first time on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea rolled out its twisted version of the red carpet, mocking Trump as a "lunatic old man" and sparking fears a missile or nuke test could be imminent. "And we will", Trump told journalists on board Air Force one, after having landed in Tokyo.

Trump's trip comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea, which has continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs and ramped up its missile testing.

In a conversation with journalists, the U.S. leader described the North Korean crisis as "a big problem" for his country and the entire world.

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He told reporters earlier on Air Force One that a decision would be made soon on whether to add reclusive North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

'We want to get it solved.

While US officials have repeatedly make clear that their goal with respect to North Korea is denuclearization, Pentagon officials are increasingly willing to admit that they view the "only way" to accomplish that as not just a war, but a full-scale US ground invasion of North Korea.

President Trump says he expects to meet face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week on the sidelines of an economic summit in Vietnam.

While repeatedly calling for dialogue to resolve the issue, China has also signed up for increasingly tough United Nations sanctions against North Korea.

North Korea has said in public statements that it wants an official end to the Korean War.

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.

"I'm not anxious about my safety at all in North Korea, I've never experienced a safer place to be". Those sanctioned were banned from having any trade deals with South Korea.

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