President Donald Trump walks with South Koreas President Moon Jae-in at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 11, 2019.
Carlos Barria | Reuters
President Donald Trump will meet with Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, as part of his travel to Asia for the G-20 summit of world leaders in Japan in late June, the White House said Wednesday.
The two will meet in South Korea to discuss efforts to rid the countrys northern neighbor of its nuclear program, one of Trumps signature foreign policy priorities, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Trump and Moon met last month at the White House. Trump said at the time he was still seeking to make a "big deal" with North Korea, but noted that there may be smaller deals made along the way.
"The big deal is we have to get rid of the nuclear weapons," Trump said.
That effort has shown little signs of progress since a historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a year ago failed to bring about a detailed agreement. Trump cut short a second summit, hosted by Vietnam in February, after Kim called for the removal of all U.S. sanctions.
The announcement that Trump will meet Moon comes as tension between the U.S. and North Korea escalates.
On Tuesday, the rogue nation demanded the return of a cargo ship the United States seized for alleged sanctions violations.
And on Thursday, the president said that "nobodys happy" after the Pentagon reported ballistic missile launches in the country, the second set of launches in a week.
"Theyre talking about negotiating, but I dont think theyre ready to negotiate," he said.