President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse passes tribal land bills after votes were canceled following Trump tweet Trump to meet with Moon in South Korea as part of G20 trip Interior chief dismisses climate concerns in first Natural Resources hearing: ‘I haven’t lost any sleep over it’ MORE will travel to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae-in as part of a trip to Asia in late June for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit, the White House announced Wednesday.
“President Trump and President Moon will continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearization of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersLive coverage: House panel moves forward with Barr contempt vote Mueller’s facts vs Trump’s spin Trump says he was called ‘the greatest hostage negotiator this country has ever had’ MORE Sanders said in a statement. “The two leaders will also discuss ways to strengthen the United States–Republic of Korea alliance and the friendship between our two peoples.”
The White House did not specify a date for the meeting, but said it will come in conjunction with Trump’s jaunt in Osaka, Japan, the host site of this year’s G-20 gathering.
The G-20 will take place on June 28 and 29. Trump said Monday he will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again Putin praises ‘objective’ Mueller investigation Pompeo warns Russia: US won’t tolerate election interference MORE while attending the summit.
Trump most recently met with Moon at the White House last month. The two leaders have been in frequent contact amid a push to get North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump to meet with Moon in South Korea as part of G20 trip North Korea: US violated ‘spirit’ of Trump-Kim summit with ship seizure The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Deadline approaches for 2020 Dems MORE to abandon his nuclear arsenal.
Those efforts have been scrambled in recent weeks after North Korea was said to have launched short-range projectiles, the first such tests since 2017.
Trump has said he’s looking into the test launches, but has expressed faith that Kim will come back to the negotiating table because of the economic incentives.
“The relationship continues, but we’ll see what happens,” he said last week. “I know they want to negotiate, they’re talking about negotiating, but I don’t think they’re ready to negotiate.”
Trump has met one-on-one with Kim twice in the past year. The two held negotiations in Singapore last summer, and engaged in talks in Vietnam earlier this year. The latter summit between the two leaders ended abruptly and without concrete next steps toward denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.