North Korea slammed trump of his “warmonger” Asia tour

Vastavam web: US President Donald Trump was due to land in Hanoi today, as North Korea slammed his “warmonger” Asia tour, saying it will only accelerate Pyongyang’s push for a full-fledged nuclear deterrent.Trump has repeatedly railed against the North as he urges the region to take a united front against the threat posed by the isolated nation, which has sparked global alarm with nuclear and missile tests in recent months.Pyongyang issued its retort today branding Trump’s Asia tour a “warmonger’s visit for confrontation to rid the DPRK of its self-defensive nuclear deterrence”, in the first comments on the visit by a North Korean official.
Tensions over the North’s weapons programme have surged in recent months, as Pyongyang carried out a sixth nuclear test — by far its largest to date — and test fired dozens of missiles, some capable of reaching the US mainland.The North today said Trump’s warnings “can never frighten us or put a stop to our advance”, according to the state-run KCNA news agency, quoting a Pyongyang foreign ministry spokesman.
Instead the threat “pushes us to speed up the efforts to accomplish the great cause of completing the state nuclear force”, the statement said, dismissing Trump’s tour of the region as a “business trip”.Rewriting America’s trade relations with the Asia-Pacific region has been Trump’s other core message, giving ample airing to his “America First” mantra.Vietnam has eagerly courted trade and investment with the US since Trump’s election, moreso after he yanked the US from a key Pacific Rim trade pact, taking with him low tariff access to the world’s largest market.
The former wartime foes became friends under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, who embraced Vietnam as part of his strategic pivot to Asia, which sought to counterbalance China’s rise.But Obama also delivered harsh warnings on the one-party state’s dismal rights record.Those are likely to be muted as Trump seeks to use the US’ enormous economic heft to build bilateral trade deals.Though Trump is not as revered in Vietnam as his predecessor, a Pew survey last week found 58 per cent of Vietnamese respondents have confidence in him.Trump will attend a state banquet on Saturday before a welcoming and deal-signing ceremony on Sunday morning.