Duterte-Trump talks to focus on North Korea
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – North Korea's nuclear program will be on top of the agenda when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte meets with United States President Donald Trump in November.
"The main agenda would really be [North] Korea," Duterte told reporters in a pre-departure briefing at the Francisco Bangoy International Airport on Sunday, October 29.
The President left Sunday night for a two-day official visit to the Japanese capital from October 30 to 31. In Tokyo, Duterte will be meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Akihito.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said the two leaders would explore bilateral agreements in the hope of boosting trade between their countries.
"We are worried... all of us. You know Murphy's law, if anything could go wrong, it could go wrong. So that has always been a problem for us," the Philippine President said.
Duterte earlier denounced the missile tests, calling North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un a "maniac." (READ: Will North Korea's missile threats affect Filipinos?)
"All of these I expect to deal with him," Duterte said. – Rappler.com