(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump will visit South Korea while in Asia for the G-20 summit in late June, the White House said Wednesday, amid concerns of a breakdown in nuclear talks with North Korea.
Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss the nuclear talks as well as ways to strengthen the U.S.-South Korea alliance, White House Press SecretarySarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Trump is expected to make the visit in conjunction with his travel to Japan for the international summit, where he has said he expects to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The announcement of his South Korea travel comes after a North Korean missile test earlier this week that violated international restrictions championed by Trump. The move was seen as a provocation after Trump abruptly ended a summit with Kim Jong Un earlier this year, saying the North Korean leader had sought an easing of international sanctions without demonstrating a willingness to dismantle his nuclear program.
But Trump downplayed the missile launch earlier this month, saying they were "smaller misses" and that he did not see them as a "violation."
The launches took place as the president’s top envoy to North Korean negotiations, Stephen Biegun, was in Seoul to discuss how to restart talks. While both leaders have said they’re open to a third summit, the lack of lower-level talks or other signs of progress have cast doubt on the prospects that the negotiations will yield a deal.
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