Officials fear Trump’s Asia trip may spark N. Korea missile test

Officials on both sides of the Pacific are concerned North Korea is planning a provocation meant to disrupt President Trump’s trip to Asia.

Trump is set to land in Japan early Sunday — the first stop on his tour of five nations in the region — stoking fears North Korea will present a show of force, Politico reported.

South Korean officials noticed an uptick in activity in recent days around a missile research facility near Pyongyang, raising fears that their neighbors to the north are plotting a test.

Trump, who has responded to North Korea’s repeated tests and pursuit of nuclear capabilities with threats of “fire and fury,” is scheduled to golf Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The last time the two men met, at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, North Korea launched a missile over Japan.

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Many officials worry North Korea will launch another missile test as Trump fulfills his trip touring five nations in Asia.

(KCNA/REUTERS)

“There’s a danger if there is a lot of muscle flexing,” said Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute.

“Trump has been going right up to the edge and I wouldn’t rule out some sort of forceful North Korean reaction to Trump’s presence in the region,” he said.

With News Wire Services.

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