The Trump administration's economic policy in Asia has not been articulated since Trump in January withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a free-trade agreement that aimed to integrate 12 Asia-Pacific economies. During the trip, president will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral and cultural engagements- including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit in Manila, the Philippine.
Hagerty also said the US government has increased pressure on North Korea "very systematically", and expressed hope that economic sanctions will curb the country's nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions.
US President Donald Trump is set to visit Asia in November for the first time since becoming president. However visits by secretaries of state, defense and commerce and Trump's forthcoming visit indicates that the region figures in administration's priority list.
"The president's engagements will strengthen the worldwide resolve to confront the North Korean threat and ensure the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula".
After calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, "Rocket Man", on Twitter and during his first address before the UN General Assembly earlier this month, Trump and North Korea sniped at each other with increasing intensity.
Tensions on the Korean Peninsula rose as Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un traded threats and insults during the United Nations summit in NY this month.
Tensions have risen on the Korean peninsula since reclusive North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, leading to a new round of sanctions after a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council. The North Korean leader has blasted Mr Trump as "mentally deranged".
Additional "strategic" military assets will be sent by the United States to South Korea on a rotating basis in an effort to deter North Korea, according to Chung Eui-young, the South's national security adviser. Kim has responded by calling Trump a "mentally deranged US dotard", and his government has threatened to conduct an atmospheric nuclear test, which would be the first the world has seen in 37 years. "I want to thank President Xi", Trump said at a news conference with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. "Let us concentrate on cooperation and properly manage our differences in a spirit of mutual respect and mutual benefit", he said to Tillerson.
On Friday, Japan's defence minister Itsunori Onodera urged caution as further provocation by North Korea is anticipated on October 10, according to a Reuters report.