Donald Trump has scrapped a surprise visit to the demilitarised zone (DMZ) near the North Korea border, it has been revealed.
President Trump was minutes from landing in a helicopter near the heavily fortified area but the plan had to be scrapped due to “poor weather”, according to the White House.
The visit would have marked a historic step closer by Trump to Kim Jong-un with whom the Republican has been engaged in an escalating war of words since he took office earlier this year.
The move comes amid fears North Korea could launch a deadly nuclear weapon during Trump’s South Korea visit.
Air Force One landed in South Korea yesterday as part of his 12-day Asia tour with his wife Melania.
The President and Melania were welcomed with a red carpet and a ceremonial military guard of honour arrayed on the airport tarmac.
The firebrand Republican then flew by helicopter to Camp Humphreys, a US base south of Seoul, where he is currently meeting with American and South Korean service members.
The visit marks the closest he has come to the frontline of the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Addressing the 8th US Army in Korea – which brandished the motto Pacific Victors! – about the situation with the hermit kingdom, he added: “Ultimately, it will all work out. It always works out.
“It has to work out.”
Tweeting before he boarded Air Force One, the US President said: “Getting ready to leave for South Korea and meetings with President Moon, a fine gentleman. We will figure it all out!
And after a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in, Trump said: “We cannot allow North Korea to threaten all that we have built.
“It really makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal.”
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