Trump Takes on Putin Critics, Kim on Twitter

Pauline Gross
November 14, 2017

This isn't the first time Trump and Kim have traded barbs. The exercises would begin in December, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

During Mr Trump's visit to Beijing last week Mr Xi said China would push for the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, but did not confirm whether it would oppose North Korea.

"The U.S. efforts to expand its military influence in Asia-Pacific and the movement of big neighboring powers to contain it escalate the military tension and increase arms race in the region with each passing day", it said.

"Multiple carrier strike force operations are very complex, and this exercise in the Western Pacific is a strong testament to the US Pacific Fleet's unique ability and ironclad commitment to the continued security and stability of the region", Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the US Pacific Fleet, said in a statement.

The threat of conflict between Kim Jong-un's nuclear-armed North and the South, backed by Donald Trump, has been looming over the Korean Peninsula for months.

The drills occurred as President Donald Trump wrapped up a 12-day trip across Asia, in which the North Korean threat was at the top of his agenda.

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North Korea and the USA have been enemies for decades, but the animosity between the two nations seems to have reached new heights in the Trump era.

"The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer". The statement was issued in response to a speech delivered by Trump in South Korea's National Assembly on Tuesday, where he stressed that the United States should not be underestimated, and that North Korea's new weapons might be putting the regime in more, rather than less danger.

"They are putting your regime in grave danger".

Pyongyang did not offer a formal response, but North Korean officials did subsequently tell CNN the regime was not interested in listening to "mad dog" Trump. "But it is certainly a possibility", Trump said.

Trump on Friday shared a vision of economic nationalism in Da Nang during a speech at the APEC summit, encouraging Asian nations to embrace patriotism. Those drills, set to end Tuesday, were aimed at sending a strategic warning to North Korea, officials said.

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