President Donald Trump has landed in South Korea with daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, and a meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un may be on his agenda.
Trump flew from Osaka, Japan, where he attended a global summit and held numerous meetings with world leaders, including Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.
Trump was introduced to K-pop boy band EXO and was presented with a book shortly after his arrival. They also chatted with Ivanka, who stunned in a powder blue dress which she paired with white stilettos, and Jared.
Trump’s met with President Moon at the Blue House, where the South Korean leader has his offices and home.
Trump also met EXO, a star pop group whose members gave the president a book. They also chatted with Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner
Trump’s first event in Seoul is to be a dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and they posed together for a picture beforehand at the Presidential Blue House.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, U.S. President Donald Trump and their delegations pose for a picture before a dinner at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea
Donald Trump arrives at the Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea on Saturday, ahead of dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in
Ivanka stunned in a powder blue dress, which she paired with white stilettos as she walked across the tarmac with Jared
Members of K-pop band EXO (foreground) stand while Trump and US Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in wait for a working dinner at the tea house
US Senior Advisor Jared Kushner watches as his wife and Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump holds copies of K-pop band EXO’s album Love Shot
President Donald Trump, right, sets down his copy of the band Exo’s album Love Shot
Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One after arriving at Osan Airbase on Saturday. He will is spending two days in the country
Speaking at the end of the G20 summit, Trump spoke about previously offering to meet with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone and said he’d feel ‘very comfortable’ crossing into North Korea afterwards.
He said he’d ‘have no problem’ becoming the first U.S. president to cross the border while he’s there.
Trump has said he’ll visit the heavily-fortified demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea, and he’s invited Kim to join him ‘just to shake his hand and say Hello!’
Previously, he tweeted out an invitation for Kim-Jong-un to join them at the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Trump described the offer of meeting Kim as a ‘feeler’ and said he came up with the plan ‘this morning’ (Saturday).
‘I just put out a feeler, because I don’t know where he is right now, he may not be in North Korea,’ Trump said.
He added: ‘We may be meeting with Chairman Kim. We get along. There’e been no nuclear tests, no long-range nuclear tests and they returned our hostages.’
North Korea said Saturday Trump’s offer to meet Kim is a ‘very interesting suggestion,’ brightening prospects for a third face-to-face meeting between the two leaders.
The North’s First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said that the meeting, if realized, would serve as ‘another meaningful occasion in further deepening the personal relations between the two leaders and advancing the bilateral relations.’
President Donald Trump, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, pose for a photo during a visit to the tea house on the grounds of the Blue House in Seoul
Trump was welcomed to South Korea by its president and one of its biggest K-pop boy bands. Trump met with President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House, where the South Korean leader has his offices and home
Speaking in Osaka Saturday, Trump described the offer as a ‘feeler.’ He said he came up with the plan ‘this morning’
The motorcade convoy of US President Donald Trump, heading for the Blue House, passes through central Seoul on Saturday
Choe still said that North Korea hasn’t received an official proposal for the DMZ meeting from the United States.
Her comments suggested that North Korea is willing to accept Trump’s idea if it gets a formal U.S. offer for the meeting, according to some observers in Seoul.
Choe’s statement was carried via the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.
Trump and Kim last met in Vietnam in February, but that summit collapsed with no progress.
‘After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon),’ Trump wrote on Saturday from the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.
‘While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!’
Trump’s side trip to Seoul had been previously scheduled to follow the conclusion of the G-20, but there had been no public mention of plans to meet with Kim.
It was not immediately clear if there had been additional diplomatic preparations for such a meeting, or whether it was a one-off.
A South Korean soldier stands guard before the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas
Trump has defended North Korea in recent comments for the launch of a short-range ballistic missile.
The floated encounter follows an exchange of letters with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that boosted hopes for talks aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear program.
Trump called Kim’s letter, which included birthday wishes for himself, ‘beautiful.’
Trump responded with a letter of his own, which Kim termed ‘interesting’ in a statement that stressed the bond between the two leaders.
North Korea state-run news media KCNA reported that Kim would ‘seriously contemplate the interesting content’ of the letter.