USA gets warm words from China's Xi ahead of Trump visit


South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday stressed a need for early transfer of wartime operational control of its forces from the United States to better tackle the North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines and Hawaii from November 3-14, the White House said on Friday morning, seeking to reassure those nations of the US's commitment to preserving security and its economic relationships in the region. "He will also emphasize the importance of fair and reciprocal economic ties with America's trade partners", the White House said in a statement.

The countries which he will likely to visit are China, Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Philippines.

"The president said the United States speaks of military and diplomatic options, but South Korea can't go through war again", said Park.

In a speech on Thursday, Moon said cooperation with the worldwide community to curb the North's nuclear ambitions was at its highest level ever and called for the strengthening of South Korea-U.S. defences to rein in the North.

A war against North Korea "cannot happen" even if "the Korea-U.S. alliance breaks down", said Moon Chung-in, presidential special adviser on foreign affairs and national security, speaking at a panel on how to resolve the Korean Peninsula crisis hosted by the East Asian Future Foundation in Seoul Wednesday.

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Tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, leading to a new round of sanctions after a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council.

The war of rhetoric was resumed between Pyongyang and Washington after US President Donald Trump warned Pyongyang of a total destruction if it continues to threaten the United States and its allies. Kim has responded by calling Trump a "mentally deranged USA dotard", and his government has threatened to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, which would be the first the world has seen in 37 years. "I want to thank President Xi", Mr Trump said at a news conference.

"I think North Korea has been bent on obtaining nuclear capabilities for a very long time and I don't see that it was the president or any of his words which spurred that action".

Yang described Trump's visit as of great importance to the bilateral relationship.

Now in Australia, Dr Roberts said that Kim might target Australia in a bid to separate U.S. allies from the US.