North Korea has not conducted a missile test for 53 days, the longest such lull in testing in which year. North Korean state media has not commented on Trump’s arrival within the South.
South Korea’s spy agency said last week in which North Korea may be preparing another missile test, raising speculation in which such a launch could be timed for Trump’s trip to the region.
U.S. officials have said privately in which intercepting a test missile can be among options under consideration, though there can be disagreement within the administration about the risks.
The South Korea leg of Trump’s trip can be an effort to present a united front despite differences with Moon over how to confront North Korea, as well as Trump’s complaints over the two countries’ trade agreement as well as South Korean defense spending.
Trump has criticized Moon over his support for diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang — something the U.S. president once called “appeasement” — as well as has threatened to pull out of a free trade pact between the two countries.
“Hopefully in which will start working out, as well as working out to ensure in which we create a lot of jobs within the United States which can be one of the reasons in which I’m here,” Trump told reporters, referring to trade issues between the two countries.
Trump has rattled some U.S. allies with his vow to “totally destroy” North Korea if the idea threatens the United States, for deriding Kim as a “Rocket Man on a suicide mission” as well as for dismissing as pointless any diplomatic engagement with Pyongyang.