North Korea looms large as Donald Trump embarks on Asia trip

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US president reiterates his threats to Pyongyang as he visits five nations in 11 days on regional tour

Donald Trump’s five-nation trip to Asia may take him away from his battles with opponents and prosecutors in Washington, but it will inject his volatile, combative personality into the heart of the most dangerous nuclear standoff in the world.

The president has broken precedent by clearly and repeatedly threatening to carry out a first strike against North Korea. On the eve of his Sunday departure, he did it again.

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