President Trump Meets With South Korean President To Talk Trade, North Korea

President Trump Meets With South Korean President To Talk Trade, North Korea

US President Donald Trump will press South Korean President Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars and steel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threat from North Korea.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the consequences of any military solution would be "tragic on a unimaginable scale". He also urged Pyongyang to return to the table to resolve the issue.

"The North Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people, for its neighbors and has no respect for human life. and frankly, that patience is over". "Threat and provocations by the North will be met by a stern response", he said.

Moon said there was no dispute between his government and Trump over the nature of the threat posed by North Korea.

During his election campaign, Moon took a more conciliatory stance on the DPRK, a possible indication that Washington and Seoul may have misaligned policies going forward, but has since said the two administrations share the same goals. "And we will always defend our allies".

While Moon is advocating for a less confrontational approach with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaving open the option of diplomacy, the Trump White House wants to see stiffer diplomatic and economic sanctions levied against North Korea.

"Easy, fellas", the president said.

"The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed", Trump declared from the Rose Garden. Moves that have unnerved China, who's been resistant to apply more pressure on the North Korean regime.

"Only strong security can bring about genuine peace", Moon said.

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But even on trade, China appeared to be at the forefront of the administration's mind.

While South Korea is a long-standing American ally, Mr Trump spoke harshly about US trade imbalances and threatened to tear up the bilateral trade pact. It was a great victory, and you did a fantastic job. Washington said that's not a firm indication that Moon plans to reverse its decision.

While the two Koreas, technically still at war since an armistice brought hostilities to an end in 1953, have marched together at the opening ceremonies at various Olympic tournaments in the past, they have never sent a unified team to compete on that stage.

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