Donald Trump arrives in Japan, warns ‘dictators’ as five-country Asian tour

United States President Donald Trump arrived Japan sunday ahead of a 13-day trek through Asia with a warning that “no dictator” should underestimate America, in a thinly veiled reference to the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un,that he hopes will divert from a bruising political controversy back home.

The president was received by the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shortly after he spoke to U.S. and Japanese forces at Yokota air base where he stressed the importance of the alliance to regional security.

Addressing US troops at Yokota air base near Tokyo, he pledged to ensure the military had the resources needed to keep peace and defend freedom.

He later told the Japanese prime minister he thought the two countries had never been closer.
It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years.

Photos: President?Trump arrives in Japan, the first in his five-country Asian tour?

It comes amid heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme and missile tests.

Trump said, “No one, no dictator, no regime … should underestimate American resolve,” Trump told cheering servicemen and women after he landed at Yokota airbase near Tokyo on Sunday on the first leg of his five-nation trip.

“You are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent,” he said, adding that authoritarian regimes could also take the route “towards prosperity and peace”.

“Our brave warriors are the last bulwark against threats to the dreams of people in America and Japan and all across the world,” Trump said. “You are the greatest hope for people who desire to live in freedom and harmony and you are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent.” CNN report.

“Every once a while in the past they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defence of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.”

Speaking after talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Trump said: “The relationship is really extraordinary.
“We like each other and our countries like each other, and I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Japan than we are right now.”
Earlier the two leaders played golf, when they were joined by Hideki Matsuyama, one of the world’s top players – as the president mentioned in a tweet. BBC report

Photos: President?Trump arrives in Japan, the first in his five-country Asian tour?

According to the guardian, Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers’ party, claimed that US voters were pushing for Trump’s impeachment out of fear he will bring “nuclear disaster” to the US mainland.

The newspaper cited the Republican senator Bob Corker, who recently accused Trump of backing the US into a corner over North Korea by telling the secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, that he was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate with Pyongyang.

“If the US misjudges [North Korea’s] toughest will and dares to act recklessly, the latter will be compelled to deal a resolute and merciless punishment upon the former with the mobilisation of all forces,” the paper said in a commentary run by the official KCNA news agency.

Trump said the US-Japan alliance had been the cornerstone of regional security for the past six decades, adding: “We dominate the sky, we dominate the sea, we dominate the land and space.”

The President remarks were devoid the kinds of direct threats he has previously aimed at the North Korean regime, with the President instead choosing to focus on the US-Japanese alliance and the peaceful aims of US military might in the region.

Photos: President?Trump arrives in Japan, the first in his five-country Asian tour?

Photos: President?Trump arrives in Japan, the first in his five-country Asian tour?
Trump defended his provocative remarks about the North Korean nuclear crisis en route to Japan from Hawaii earlier Sunday. “We want to get it solved. It’s a big problem for our country and the world, and we want to get it solved,” he told reporters on board Air Force One.

“You are the greatest threat to tyrants and dictators who seek to prey on the innocent,” he said, adding that authoritarian regimes could also take the route “towards prosperity and peace”.

“Every once a while in the past they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? We will never yield, never waver and never falter in defence of our people, our freedom and our great American flag.” He added’.

Mr Trump has previously exchanged some fiery rhetoric with North Korea over its ballistic missile tests but aides said earlier this week that he would not go to the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) on the border between the South and North.

Photos: President?Trump arrives in Japan, the first in his five-country Asian tour?

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