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Trump lands in Japan, says US and allies are prepared to defend freedom

They are playing with Hideki Matsuyama, one of the world's top golfers, and Trump had warm words for his skills on the plane over

Reuters  |  Kawagoe (Japan) 

Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe
Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pose after they signed hats reading "Donald and Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater" at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, near Tokyo, Japan. Photo: AP | PTI

US President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that “no dictator” should underestimate US resolve. Trump kicked off a 12-day Asian trip and is looking to present a united front with Japan against through meetings with Prime Minister amid heightened tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile tests. He told reporters on Air Force One en route to Asia that would figure prominently in discussions during the trip. He also singled out trade, which he said had been “badly handled” in the region for years. Trump has rattled some allies with his vow to “totally destroy” if it threatens the United States and his dismissal of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a “rocket man” on a suicide mission.

A top aide said last week Trump intends to tell Asian leaders the world is “running out of time” in dealing with the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. “No dictator, no regime, no nation should ever underestimate American resolve,” Trump told hundreds of cheering U. S. and Japanese troops in camouflage uniforms gathered at Yokota Air Base, just west of Tokyo, soon after he arrived. “Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it?” said Trump, who wore a bomber jacket as he addressed the troops.

First Published: Mon, November 06 2017. 02:13 IST