U.S. President Donald Trump steps up outreach to allies in Asia to secure their cooperation to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs. Samantha Vadas reports.
Donald Trump spending his weekend firming up support in Southeast Asia to rein in North Korea. The U.S. president speaking to the leaders of Thailand and Singapore on Sunday (April 30) in an effort to keep diplomatic and economic pressure on Pyongyang, just two days after what appears to be yet another failed missile test. In separate phone calls about the North's nuclear program, Trump also asked both prime ministers to visit Washington. That invitation was extended to Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (April 29), despite the Philippines president being widely criticised by human rights groups for his war on drugs, that's killed more than 8000 people. The White House on Sunday defended Trump's decision to invite Duterte to Washington, in what it describes as a 'very friendly' phone call, saying Manila's cooperation was need to counter the growing threat from the North. It comes as South Korea said the U.S. had reaffirmed it would shoulder the cost of deploying THAAD just days after Trump said Seoul should foot the bill for the anti-missile system. Trump has also spoken to China and Japan on the issue of North Korea. The White house saying its making sure it has its ducks in a row, so if action is needed everyone's on the same page.