Seoul to deploy more United States military assets

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The White House says President Donald Trump will take an extensive five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region in November as the USA seeks to address North Korea's growing threat. Reports state that he is scheduled to attend two major summits during the trip, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conclave in the Philippines.

He also said he wants to recover operational control of the South Korean military from the United States, a change to 50-year-old treaties that specify an American general will command South Korea's forces in the event of a war with the North.

"The president's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", the White House said in announcing the trip.

"In South Korea they've talked about trying to scare North Korea into changing their behavior", Town said, referring to the deployment of U.S. military assets to South Korea.

Several North Korean missiles were recently spotted moved from a rocket facility in the capital Pyongyang, South Korea's Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) reported late Friday amid speculation that the North was preparing to take more provocative actions.

China, North Korea's main ally and trading partner, has urged that dialogue is the only way to resolve the crisis, although Japan has tended to support Washington's more robust approach.

"'It is high time to avenge the Korean nation upon the mentally deranged dotard by beheading him'".

South Korean national security adviser Chung Eui-yong, who said in a meeting with his president, Moon Jae-in, on Thursday that he expected Pyongyang to act around October 10 and 18, but gave no details.

The Trump administration's economic policy in Asia has not been articulated since Trump in January withdrew the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that aimed to integrate 12 Asia-Pacific economies.

Reporting on an anti-US rally in Pyongyang, Uriminzokkiri said: "The DPRK army and people turned out as one in the anti-US confrontation with towering hatred against Trump who made unprecedented rude nonsense of wiping the DPRK of 25 million people off the map on the United Nations arena".

After the dialogue is over, the four mechanisms that President Xi Jinping and Trump agreed to at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in April will be completed.

South Korean lawmakers have been wondering whether fault lines might emerge in US-South Korean military ties as tensions on the Korean Peninsula grow, but have been reassured that the US actually plans to increase the number of its "strategic" military assets in their region by the end of the year.

North Korea's missile and nuclear programs were the first issues to land on Trump's desk as president, featured in President Barack Obama's handover briefing.

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