President Donald Trump will meet Moon Jae-in, the president of South Korea, included in 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 talk about attempts to rid the country’s northern neighbor of its nuclear program, one of Trump’s signature foreign policy priorities, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
Trump and Moon met last month at the White House. Trump stated at the time he was still trying to make a “big deal” with North Korea but noted that there may be smaller deals made in the process.
“The big deal is we have to get rid of the nuclear weapons,” Trump said.
That effort has shown little signals of progress since a historic summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a year ago unable to bring about a detailed agreement. Trump cut short a second summit, hosted by Vietnam in February after Kim called for the taking out all U.S. sanctions.
The announcement that Trump will satisfy Moon comes as tension between the U .S . and North Korea escalates.
On Tuesday, the rogue nation wanted the return of a cargo ship the United States seized for alleged sanctions violations.
And on Thursday, the president declared that “nobody’s happy” after the Pentagon reported ballistic missile launches in the country, the second set of launches in a week.
“They’re talking about negotiating, but I don’t think they’re ready to negotiate,” he said.