SEOUL – US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the North Korea nuclear weapons crisis, an issue high on the agenda for his ongoing tour of Asia, would be resolved.
“We will be meeting with the various generals about the situation in North Korea. I think ultimately it will all work out, it always works out, it has to work out,” Trump said at Camp Humphreys, where he had lunch with US troops shortly after landing at the nearby Osan airbase, south of Seoul.
Trump was joined by South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the lunch, a surprise gesture aimed at highlighting the strong bond of the Seoul-Washington coalition against Pyongyang, which has been technically at war with both the allies for almost 70 years.
After the lunch, Trump travelled to Seoul in a helicopter and then travelled to the Blue House – the official residence of the South Korean president – where he was received with State honors by Moon ahead of a bilateral meeting.
Security was stepped up along the route of Trump’s convoy to keep pro- and anti-Trump protests under control, with barriers erected on both sides of the central Sejong avenue.
Trump’s aggressive rhetoric towards North Korea has divided opinion among South Koreans, with some applauding his tough stance, while others have criticized his approach for unnecessarily raising tensions in the peninsula to levels not seen since the Korean War.
Apart from the North Korean situation, the meeting will also include negotiations on bilateral trade relations, which Trump has previously called unequal and disadvantageous for his country.
The two sides have already begun renegotiating their Free Trade Agreement, which Trump criticized after taking office in January, when he also announced an “America First” trade policy.
“We have great cooperation. We have a terrific meeting scheduled on trade with president Moon and his representatives,” Trump said before leaving for Seoul.
“It will start working out and working out so we create lots of jobs in the US, which is one of the many important reasons I am here,” said the US President, who will be in South Korea until Wednesday, before heading to China.