Trump vows to tackle N Korea on Asia trip

President Donald Trump will directly confront the issue of North Korea’s nuclear programme by traveling to Asia in November.

The White House announced he will take a five-nation trip to the Asia Pacific region in November.

He will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines from November 3 to 14. There will also be a stop in Hawaii.

It will be Mr Trump’s first visit to the region as president and comes as Kim Jong-un moves closer to his goal of having a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the US.

The White House said Mr Trump’s visit would “strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.

Amid fiery rhetoric recently on both sides North Korea has warned that it might conduct the “most powerful” atmospheric hydrogen bomb test in the Pacific Ocean.

Mr Trump is also expected to discuss trade and economic ties to the region and will attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in the Philippines.

He has been pressing Beijing for more balanced trade and been openly critical of China’s large trade surpluses with the US.

Mr Trump’s visit to China will come weeks after Xi Jinping is expected to receive a second five-year term as the leader of the communist party.

On Thursday Mr Trump met Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong in Washington.