What President Trump’s presence in Asia means for North Korea conflict

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(ABC4 News) Tensions have been building between the U.S. and North Korea over the last couple of months. Ryan Vogel, Director of National Security Studies from Utah Valley University, joined Emily Clark to talk about what President Trump’s presence in Asia means for the conflict.

President Trump is in the midst of a 13-day trip through Asia which will take him to Japan,
South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. Much of the President’s trip will focus on unifying allies against North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program. Trade will also be a major focus, especially in China.

Trump addressed South Korea’s National Assembly on Wednesday, warning North Korea
that provocative action would be a “fatal miscalculation.” He asserted that “this a very different administration than the United States has had in the past,” and to “not underestimate us. And do not try us.” Trump got more specific in this address than usual, calling for a “complete and verifiable
denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula.

Vogel says Trump’s positions regarding North Korea were well received in Japan, but in South Korea that response was more cautious. Apparently, North Korea is not interested in diplomacy at the moment, but won’t rule out future talks after it adequately develops their nuclear and missile capabilities. This likely means more tests, Vogel says.

This is the longest foreign trip of Trump’s presidency and the longest presidential trip to
Asia since George H.W. Bush.

To learn more about what Professor Vogel is doing, visit UVU.edu/nss.

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