Trump's Air Force One plane landed at the Yokota Air Base where the president was due to make a short address before heading to the golf course for a round with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "Some people say my rhetoric is very strong, but look what has happened with very weak rhetoric over the past 25 years".
While US officials have repeatedly make clear that their goal with respect to North Korea is denuclearization, Pentagon officials are increasingly willing to admit that they view the "only way" to accomplish that as not just a war, but a full-scale US ground invasion of North Korea.
Trump won't visit the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea - foregoing what has been a symbolic opportunity for USA commanders in chief to stare into the Hermit Kingdom - declaring it a "little bit of a cliche". "The regime continues development of its unlawful weapons programs including its illegal nuclear tests and outrageous launches of ballistic missiles directly over Japanese territory are a threat to the civilized world and worldwide peace and stability. It was not pleasant for them, was it?" roared Trump.
Trump is expected to spend two days in South Korea, but is not expected to visit the DMZ, the border that has separated North and South Korea for 64 years, because "there is not enough time in the schedule", a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.
The Hermit Kingdom, referencing dictator Kim Jong Un, said an "outstanding leader" will determine the country's destiny.
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"Nobody can predict when Trump does a reckless act". The White House later described the notion that the US had declared war "absurd".
"It's crucial for Trump to show that he's willing to defend and protect South Korea because there's a lot of questions and concerns on the part of South Koreans about his commitment to that alliance, and that has fed fears here in South Korea that they may be abandoned", said Jean Lee, a global fellow at the Wilson Center and former Pyongyang bureau chief for The Associated Press. "Then its regret is too late".
"They are all people at North Korean financial institutions that have already been sanctioned by the United Nations", a government official directly involved in the sanction development process said.
As of the announcement on Monday, South Korea had North Korea sanctions imposed on 97 individuals. This is part of South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to sever ties so that North Korea can not financially benefit from the very countries it threatened to destroy.
Trump labelled Moon's dovish approach to North Korea as "appeasement" on Twitter, a comment that did not go down well in Seoul's presidential Blue House.