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Trump to visit North Korea’s Demilitarized Zone next month

Sheetal Sukhija - Wednesday 11th October, 2017

WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bold move, reports revealed that U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit the most dangerous border in the world - North Korea's Demilitarized Zone.

The visit that is already proving to be a nightmare for Trump’s security team, would be a bold move for the American President especially since he would be standing mere metres away from Kim Jong-un's heavily armed soldiers.

Talk on the highly controversial trip comes amid a tense period between the two countries as the rhetoric gets more hostile that ever before.  

Amid the nuclear weapons progress that North Korea has been making, its leader Kim Jong Un and Trump have exchanged a heated rhetoric, with insults between the two turning personal and dangerous each time they speak about the other.  

While Trump has threatened to annihilate North Korea, saying the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, "is on a suicide mission,” Kim Jong Un has fired back vowing to "tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire.”

Tillerson has meanwhile revealed that the U.S. is probing North Korea to see whether it is interested in dialogue and has multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang.

In November, Trump is set to visit Beijing.

Apart from continuously testing missiles, in defiances of UN sanctions, North Korea touted the successful development of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that can reach U.S. Mainland and any part of the world.

On September 3, it also completed its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb test so far, shocking the world and triggering more UN and international sanctions. 

The country has said that it had successfully tested miniaturised hydrogen bomb which could be loaded onto a long-range missile.

Now, after months of Twitter taunts and threats against North Korea's leader, Trump is said to be finalising plans to visit a village along the 180-mile strip, where he will deliver a "strong message" to North Korea.

At the border meanwhile, the two nations that are technically still at war since a peace treaty was never signed to end the 1950 - 1953, only an armistice, maintain a heavily armed presence on each side.

Reports revealed that in late September, the White House sent a team of officials to the border to check potential sites for Trump's visit.

According to one source, "They looked around Panmunjom (truce village) and Observation Post Ouellette."

Trump’s visit to South Korea is part of his tour of Asia, during which he is also scheduled to visit Japan, China, Vietnam and the Philippines, starting from November 2.

In April this year, Trump's Vice President, Mick Pence visited the DMZ in a show of U.S. military might.

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