Donald Trump 'could visit demilitarised zone' between North and South Korea

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United States President Donald Trump "lit the fuse of war" against North Korea with his provocative comments to the United Nations last month, North Korea's foreign minister has told the Russian TASS news agency.

The two U.S. Air Force B-1B bombers were joined by two F-15K fighters from the South Korean military after leaving their base in Guam, South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement on Wednesday.

South Korean companies that were forced to shut down operations in the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in 2016 have petitioned the government in Seoul to investigate reports that Pyongyang has reopened the facility without their consent.

When it first opened in 2004, the Kaesong complex, located about 54 kilometers northwest of Seoul, was meant to promote inter-Korean development and give North Korean workers a taste of life in the south, including snack foods like the cakes known as Choco Pies and toiletries that were resold as luxury items in the North.

The North/South joint venture with South Korea was suspended a year ago to punish the Kim Jong Un government for conducting nuclear and missile tests, and to cut off a possible source of funding for Pyongyang's illicit weapons development program. The visiting ministers' itinerary will continue until Friday, when they are expected to meet with the South Korean foreign and defense ministers to further discuss a range of issues concerning bilateral cooperation and regional security. The two are in South Korea for talks with top officials on Friday.

The B-1Bs also conducted exercises with Japan's Air Force in what the USA statement called a "sequenced bilateral mission".

The White House said in late September that Mr Trump will travel to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Hawaii from Nov 3-14, but has not yet released a detailed itinerary.

He said in October that "only one thing will work" in relation to North Korea.

"We reiterated our support for our collective strategy of maximum diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea so it will be compelled to return to the negotiating table". Businessmen who ran souvenir shops and restaurants in the zone lost their assets to North Korea. "The Korean War is still alive in the minds of many people". "Policy didn't work!" the US president said in a Twitter post on Monday.

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