AFTER making a first stop in Japan, U.S. President Donald Trump made way to South Korea on Tuesday, November 7, amid tensions with its neighbor North Korea.
At a joint news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump said that the nuclear and missile programs of North Korea’s Pyongyang were threatening to “millions” of people and required worldwide action.
“We call on every responsible nation, including China and Russia, to demand that the North Korean regime end its nuclear weapons and its missile program and live in peace,” said Trump at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, almost 35 miles from North Korea’s border.
“It’s time to act with urgency and great determination,” he added.
Despite Trump’s previous diatribes against North Korea which he said would be met with “fire and fury” and calling Kim Jong-un “little rocket man”, Trump took a different approach and indicated dialogue with North Korea as an option towards denuclearization.
“It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,” said Trump.
Trump also said he had seen “a lot of progress” in diplomatic efforts with Pyongyang, adding, “Ultimately, it will all work out.”
Moon shared similar words and said, ”President Trump and I reaffirmed our current strategy, which is to maximize pressure and sanctions on North Korea until it gives up nuclear weapons and to come to the table for dialogue on its own.”
“At the same time, should North Korea choose to make the right choice, we also reaffirmed our view that we are willing to offer North Korea a bright future,” he added.
Trump flew into South Korea from Japan where he had been since Sunday, Nov. 5, meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who Trump gifted with a gold lettered hat inscribed “Donald & Shinzo, Make Alliance Even Greater.”
“We have to spend more time together because I have enjoyed every minute of it,” said Trump at the state dinner on Nov. 6.
Among discussing the pressing issues of North Korea, Trump and Abe agreed to maximize pressure on the country to change its policies.
“No one likes conflict,” said Abe. “But North Korea continues its provocation against international communities so we need to collaborate in the international community so they change policy,” he added.
Trump also discussed trade imbalances between the U.S. and Japan saying, “We will try to resolve unfair trade relations with Japan.” Purchasing U.S. military equipment, and building cars in the U.S. were two suggestions made by Trump.
Next on the itinerary of Trump’s 13-day trip across across Asia is Beijing, China where Trump will meet with President Xi Jinping who he said has been “very helpful” in dealing with North Korea. China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner.
The trip will continue with a stop in Vietnam where Trump will meet with Vladimir Putin, and will conclude with a visit to the Philippines where he recently announced an extended stay to attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) on Tuesday, November 14.. (Rae Ann Varona/AJPress)