North Korea's hidden Christians at risk if Trump attacks, warns tortured missionary

US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in leave after posing for

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

The president has mocked his counterpart, calling him "rocket man" during his maiden UN speech and threatening the nation with "fire and fury".

He urged Trump to pursue a peaceful solution by supporting those within North Korea to oppose Kim Jong Un.

The U.S. president said he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles, the sources said. Earlier this year, reports that Trump was considering triggering a withdrawal from the deal caused uproar not just in South Korea but also in the United States.

Trump is also seeking to renegotiate the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which experts believe could further strain the alliance at a time when they should be showing unity and resolve.

A key US ally, South Korea is home to more than 50 million people.

Speaking to reporters on the plane, he disclosed he would probably be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin during the tour.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha is interviewed by NBC News' Lester Holt.

No peace treaty was signed and the Korean peninsula has remained divided ever since.

South Korea's recent agreement with China to try to end disputes over an advanced US missile defense system deployed in South Korea could be an issue. In the decades since the Koreas were partitioned, the North has become an impoverished, militarized pariah, while the South has embraced technology, capitalism and deep ties with the Western world.

A report by the Congressional Research Service released last month estimates that as many as 25 million people on either side of the border, including more than 100,000 USA citizens, could be affected by an escalation of a military conflict on the Korean Peninsula.

Some 20,000 South Koreans would die every day in the event of a US-North Korean war, according to alleged calculations made by the Pentagon.

In defiance of global sanctions imposed to compel Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons and missile development programs, North Korea test-launched ballistic missiles on August 29 and September 15 that flew over Hokkaido before falling into the Pacific Ocean. "We will not stand for that, the era of strategic patience is over".

"This is reflective of the sense of insecurity on the part of the South Koreans that they don't have that protection from the United States and the United States may be more willing under President Trump to really throw them under the bus", Lee said.

He said in an open letter to Mr Trump: "Please kindly be reminded that a large number of underground Christians are within North Korea". It also wants nothing short of full normalization of relations with the USA and to be treated with respect and as an equal in the global arena.



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