Striking a conciliatory note on his arrival in Seoul Tuesday, US President Donald Trump urged North Korea to “come to the table” and discuss giving up its nuclear weapons. At the second port of call on his five-stop Asian tour after Tokyo, Trump was greeted in Seoul by protesters hoisting “No Trump, No War” placards.
Speaking at a press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump went on to say he “hoped to God” he did not have to use the US military against Pyongyang. But he also stressed that all options remained on the table. In coming days, three US aircraft carriers, accompanied by guided-missile destroyers and submarines, will be conducting a mock battle in the waters in the region, according to the US Navy.
Trump will be going to China, Vietnam and the Philippines in the coming week.