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Donald Trump to stay for 'most important day' of East Asia Summit

Donald Trump to stay for 'most important day' of East Asia Summit

Echoing concerns about Trump's unpredictability could trigger an international crisis, Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois posted a message on Twitter on November 2 calling on the 45th president of the US to estimate how many people would die if the United States went to war with North Korea.

Kim Jong-un's regime said the mission had aggravated the already tense situation on the Korean Peninsula and warned the US not to attempt to "threaten or blackmail" the North.

The move comes after the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear blast test on Sept. 3 and is in line with the United Nations Security Council's Resolution 2375 adopted days later which focused mostly on curbing the North's imports of oil products.

And according to experts, the North might be planning some activity of its own.

Flights by supersonic B-1B Lancer bombers in the area always infuriate North Korea, which condemned the drill as "blackmail" early Friday. "They may even face death".

Even before he landed, Trump used the first moments of the trip to denounce the North as "a big problem" that must "be solved". The main foreign policy item on the agenda will be efforts to contain or roll back North Korea's ballistic and nuclear missile programs.

At the time, Trump tweeted a photograph in which he was wearing a white baseball cap and polo shirt, high-fiving Abe who was dressed in white pants and a navy blue cap.

North Korea has not launched any missiles since 15 September, the longest lull this year. "Instead, they should increase pressure so an insurgency takes place".

However, Trump, as well as other US officials, have threatened to halt trade with the countries doing business with North Korea.

The North habitually condemns B1-B flights as rehearsals for an attack, and KCNA said Friday: "The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like US imperialists are the very one who is aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war".

But it was the threat of conflict with another East Asian power that was set to dominate talks on the almost two-week trip that takes him from Japan to South Korea, China, Vietnam and finally the Philippines. North Korea, with its complicated legacy, is the greatest challenge for Xi.

Meanwhile, China continues with economic development and global trade through its BRI. That culminated in the 41st president fainting and vomiting at a banquet in Japan.

In what appears to have been an effective diplomatic manoeuvre to that end, Moon invited Trump to visit Camp Humphreys military base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi, secure in the knowledge that the US president would not have time to visit the DMZ, also known as the 38th Parallel.