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Trump open to talks: In a marked shift from his re­cent fierce rhetoric, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared that he re­mains open to diplo­matic ef­forts to re­solve the on­go­ing stand-off with North Korea over its mis­sile pro­gramme. Speak­ing in the South Korean cap­i­tal Seoul on his 11-day tour of Asia, he urged Py­ongyang to “come to the ta­ble” for dis­cus­sions, adding that he “hoped to God” he would not have to or­der the use of US mil­i­tary force against the North. Pre­vi­ously, he had threat­ened to un­leash “fire and fury” on the coun­try. Trump’s five-na­tion tour is the long­est trip to Asia by a US pres­i­dent since Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s in 1991. Hav­ing vis­ited Ja­pan and South Korea, Trump was due to move on to Bei­jing and Viet­nam, be­fore con­clud­ing his trip in the Philip­pines.

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