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Trump Fixates on Trade in Meetings With South Korea’s President

“President Trump supported President Moon’s aspiration to restart inter-Korean dialogue on issues including humanitarian affairs”, the statement said.”We’re going to have tremendous discussions tonight”.”The critical question is which President Moon will come to D.C.”, said Anthony Ruggiero, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington, who advised USA diplomats on multinational talks with North Korea prior to the collapse of the negotiations in 2009.Trump prefers maximizing diplomatic pressure and sanctions before engaging in such talks.While Moon has been arguing for greater engagement with Pyongyang as the best way to put the brakes on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Trump made clear that he was in no mood to pursue diplomacy with a regime he accused of having no respect for human life.”Our two leaders will employ both sanctions and dialogue in a phased and comprehensive approach”, Moon said.President Donald Trump says the United States can no longer be patient with North Korea.He then took the opportunity to use similar language to his lecture to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, saying that the USA and South Korea are working together “to ensure fair burden-sharing in support of the United States military presence in South Korea”.The North, which has repeatedly threatened to nuke the United States, continues to test missiles in a bid to bring America within range.U.S. President Donald Trump has directed staff to “prepare a range of options” against North Korea, “including a military option, which nobody wants to take”, U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Wednesday.South Korea was not a signatory on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal among 12 nations negotiated by President Barack Obama and subsequently abandoned by Trump.Moon’s visit began Thursday night when the two leaders and their wives had dinner at the White House.”Just finished a very good meeting with the President of South Korea”.President Moon has also warned that threats from the North will be met with a stern response. “Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the South Korea-US summit is not only highly symbolic in and of itself as the first summit to be held since the launch of these two administrations but that it will be an opportunity to reinforce the two leaders’ amity and trust”.Trump also offered his thoughts and prayers to Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was detained in North Korea and died from a traumatic brain injury, during the joint press conference. “Many years it has failed”, he said, adding, “Frankly, that patience is over”. “I’m encouraged by President Moon’s assurances that he will work to create a level playing field so that American workers and businesses, and especially auto makers, can have a fair shake at dealing with South Korea”.