Pres. Trump to Meet with South Korean President

Since taking office on May 10, Moon has put the issue of so-called "comfort women" back on the table.

Moon was elected in early May, ending months of leadership uncertainty in the country after President Park Geun-hye was impeached and arrested for alleged corruption.

The US - the South's security guarantor - has 28,500 troops stationed in the country to protect it from its neighbour, and a treaty could entail their withdrawal, which has always been demanded by Pyongyang. "I will achieve the North Korean nuclear dismantlement, the peace on the Korean peninsula and by extension, peace in Northeast Asia together based on the great ROK-U.S. Alliance".

In the recent past, North Korea has been issuing warnings to the US and South Korea, accusing them of fuelling tensions in the Korean peninsula by militarising the zone.

The Trump administration has been trying to isolate the North Korean regime following a series of missile tests, including by persuading China - Pyongyang's main diplomatic ally - to help bring Kim Jong-Un into line.

The South Korean Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding their expectations for the trip, which will include a visit to the Korean War Memorial and lunch with Vice President Mike Pence.

South Korean companies on Thursday announced plans to import more American shale gas and build new factories in the U.S. That could help fend off criticism from Trump over the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea, which totaled $17 billion a year ago.

However, the recent election of Moon Jae-in as president of South Korea has changed things. The White House is also playing down differences. "This is the official position of the South and the U.S". China has been lashing out at the US and South Korea for it.

Pyongyang is still launching threats alluded to Seoul and Washington after Donald Trump said that he is ready to resolve the North Korean issue with or without China's support.

But there's no sign North Korea has any intention of suspending its nuclear weapons development. The U.S. doesn't want to "reward" Pyongyang by negotiating without preconditions. Already he has taken steps to delay the deployment of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, known as THAAD, an anti-missile system meant to counter any North Korean strikes.

"(After the Korea-US FTA took effect) the world's trade volume fell 12 percent, but Korea-US trade increased 12 percent", Moon said, adding that both countries have seen their share of each partner nation's imports since the deal took effect in 2012.

He also expressed hope they will continue discussing ways to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation in dealing with issues of mutual concern, such as military provocations from North Korea.

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