US President Donald Trump will not be visiting the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on his upcoming Asia tour.

A senior White House official said to NBC that visiting has “become a little bit of a cliché” after Vice President Mike Pence, Defence Secretary James Mattis, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also visited the site at the centre of growing tensions with Pyongyang.

Last week Mr Trump had hinted he would go: “Well, I’d rather not say, but you’ll be surprised.”

Past Presidents have visited the 2.5 mile-wide zone separating the Korean peninsula as a sign of solidarity with Seoul.

However, Mr Trump has had unique interactions with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and some experts feared his presence in the DMZ could further inflame an already-contentious diplomatic relationship.

When the President addressed the United Nations General Assembly in September, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the world not to “sleepwalk our way into nuclear war.”

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