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US President Trump's First Asia Visit In November, North Korea High On Agenda

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| September 30 , 2017 , 11:21 IST

Busy levelling threats at North Korea and engaging in verbal repertoire with its leader Kim Jong-Un, US President Donald Trump will be making his first visit to East Asia in November, and North Korea is expected to be high on the agenda.

Trump's five-nation trip from November 3-14 will see the US President visiting Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. He is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Angeles in the Philippines.

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During the Asia tour, Trump would not be stopping over in 'good friend' India which the White House has categorised as falling into the Pacific region.

In a statement on Trump's visit to Asia, the White House said the US President "will discuss the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region to America's prosperity and security."

The White House added that the trip will demonstrate the continued commitment of US to its alliances and partnerships in the region.

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The President's engagements will also "strengthen the international resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," said the White House.

Although there has been no mention yet of Trump visiting India, his daughter Ivanka is scheduled to attend a Global Entrepreneur Summit in Hyderabad in November end.