NORTH Korea has accused the USA of “gangster-like” efforts to ignite nuclear war as Donald Trump visit Hawaii ahead of his Asia grand tour.
*Pyongyang angered by US bombing drill over peninsula
*Donald and Melania Trump visit Pearl Harbour memorial
*Trump to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, Philippines
*USA warns: “North Korea is a threat to the entire world.”
Donald Trump retweeted his daughter’s message of thanks to Japan for the warm welcome she received this week.
Ivanka Trump tweeted: “Touched by the warm hospitality of Prime Minister Abe and the Japanese people. ありがとうございます [Thank you]! Until next time.”
11.40am: North Korea sharpens “nuclear treasure sword”
The North’s state-run KCNA news agency warned that Pyongyang is sharpening its “nuclear treasure sword” as it enters the “final stage for completing nuclear deterrence”.
“Our self-defensive nuclear treasure sword will be sharpened evermore unless the US hostile policy toward the DPRK is abolished once and for all”, it said.
KCNA said the US should give up the “absurd idea” that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons programme in the face of international pressure and sanctions.
“It had better stop daydreaming of denuclearisation talks with us,” the commentary said.
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11.30am: Trump to play golf with Japanese Prime Minister
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to play golf and sit down to a steak dinner with Mr Trump on the first day of his Asia tour on Sunday
11am: Anti-Trump protesters take to streets in South Korea
A massive crowd of anti-Trump protesters has taken to the streets of Seoul with banners proclaiming “No Trump, No war”.
Meanwhile, Trump fans held “We love Trump” banners during a pro-Trump rally in front of Seoul’s US Embassy.
North Korea’s state-run KCNA new agency said: “The gangster-like U.S. imperialists are ceaselessly resorting to their frantic nuclear threat and blackmail to stifle North Korea with nukes at any cost.”
“The reality clearly shows that the gangster-like U.S. imperialists are the very one who is aggravating the situation of the Korean peninsula and seeking to ignite a nuclear war.”
Pyongyang said US bombers, which took off from Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, flew “into South Korea again to stage a surprise nuclear strike drill targeting North Korea” this week.
Donald Trump shared a montage of his visit to Hawaii with a sentimental soundtrack on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Thank you to our GREAT Military/Veterans and @PacificCommand. Remember #PearlHarbor. Remember the @USSArizona! A day I’ll never forget.”
The US President and First Lady laid a wreath at the USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Friday ahead of their tour of Asia.
The Trumps threw white petals of the memorial for the US sailors killed when Japan bombed the American naval base on December 7, 1941.
8pm: Trump given garland on arrival in Hawaii
After Air Force One landed at Joint Base Hickam, Mr Trump and his wife, Melania, were draped with traditional lei necklaces.
Mr Trump went on to nearby Camp Smith for a classified briefing from Pacific Command military leaders that officials expected would touch on North Korea and other areas.
7.45pm: North Korea slams US-led ‘brutal sanctions’
The North Korean mission to the UN has called for a halt to what it called “brutal sanctions”, saying the measures – imposed after its latest nuclear test – constituted genocide.
“Today the U.S.-led racket of brutal sanctions and pressure against the DPRK constitutes contemporary human rights violation and genocide,” it said.
North Korea said the sanctions regime “threatens and impedes the enjoyment by the people of DPRK of their human rights in all sectors”.
On Nov. 3, Donald Trump embarks on a 12-day trip to five different Asian nations which are Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines
US National Security Adviser HR McMaster, warned that “time is running out” to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
He said: “North Korea is a threat to the entire world so all nations of the world must do more to counter that threat.”
By ALICE FOSTER, Express.co.uk
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