North Korea Threatens 'Merciless Punishment' On US After Trump's 'Foolish Remarks'

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President Donald Trump visits South Korea on Tuesday on the second leg of his first official Asian tour.

'A classified briefing would be the best place to discuss in detail the capability of the USA and its allies to discuss capabilities to counter North Korea's ability to respond with a nuclear weapon and eliminate North Korea's nuclear weapons located in deeply buried, underground facilities, ' he said.

The president's first stops are Japan and South Korea - frontline USA allies in the effort to force Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear programme, and the two countries with most to fear should a full-scale conflict break out. While Trump will be looking to use his trip to strengthen Washington's alliance with Seoul and reaffirm their joint push to maximize pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, he will also be faced with several thorny issues weighing on the relationship.

Trump's marathon trip comes with the North Korea crisis at fever pitch, as U.S. bombers fly sorties over the Korean peninsula and fears mount of another Pyongyang missile test.

The US had put North Korea on the terror sponsor list in 1988 after the reclusive regime was accused of blowing up a South Korean civilian airliner in 1987, leading to the deaths of 115 people.

"We may have a meeting with Putin", he said. They can help us with Syria.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a meeting with a committee of the Workers' Party of Korea about the test of a hydrogen bomb, at an unknown location, September 4, 2017.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is interviewed by NBC News' Lester Holt. Park also noted the backdrop of the grave security situation on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea's nuclear test and subsequent missile launches.

As of the announcement on Monday, South Korea had North Korea sanctions imposed on 97 individuals.

Addressed to Democrat Congressmen Ted Lieu of California and Ruben Gallego of Arizona, the letter lays out the stark potential consequences of conflict with the rogue state, and says that North Korea could resort to using its stockpile of chemical and biological weapons.

Trump's trip comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea, which has continued to pursue its missile and nuclear programs and ramped up its missile testing. A hint at a military option or crude insults directed at Kim - like the term "Little Rocket Man" he previously used to deride the young North Korean dictator - is certain to enrage North Korea, which could react with weapons tests and threats of war.

"I'm not anxious about my safety at all in North Korea, I've never experienced a safer place to be".

"The era of strategic patience is over", he told journalists in Tokyo alongside Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

'There is only one way that this war ends. It also wants nothing short of full normalization of relations with the US and to be treated with respect and as an equal in the global arena.