Seoul, South Korea
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.