Trump’s Korea Visit to Include ‘LongPlanned’ Visit to DMZ

SEOUL U.S. President Donald Trump said early Sunday that his schedule while in South Korea would include a visit with U.S. troops and a trip to the Demilitarized Zone.

It did not mention, however, the invitation Trump had sent through social media on Saturday, in which he tweeted an invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to meet him at the border to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!

Sunday morning, Trump plans to address South Korean business leaders. He will then travel to the presidential residence to meet with South Korean President Moon Jaein.

He will travel to the DMZ Sunday afternoon, and then address U.S. troops at Osan Air Base in South Korea, before departing for the U.S.

Speaking to reporters at the Group of 20 summit in Japan, Trump said he decided Saturday morning to put out a feeler to meet Kim, adding such a meeting would last only two minutes.

We'll see each other for two minutes, Trump said. That's all we can. But that will be fine.

Trump later said he would feel very comfortable stepping across the border into North Korea. If that happened, it would be the first time a sitting U.S. president visited North Korea.

Kim has not responded to Trump's offer. But North Korea's vice foreign minister, Choe Son Hui, called the invitation an interesting suggestion.

We see it as a very interesting suggestion, but we have not received an official proposal in this regard, Choe said in a statement published in the official Korean Central News Agency.

It would serve as another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bilateral relations, Choe added.

Another meeting between Trump and Kim could help reset stalled nuclear talks. But a meeting without substance risks becoming theatrics and would appear to further legitimize the North Korean leader, many analysts warn.

The DMZ is too consequential a venue to be used simply as backdrop for a photo op, said Daniel Russel, former U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific.

Source: Voice of America