The Trump administration doesn’t oppose diplomatic talks on the Korean Peninsula but worries the North will try to drive a wedge between the United States and South Korea.
Abroad this week, President Trump said he struck deals with China, Japan and South Korea — citing earlier agreements and relying on wishful thinking.
The White House is framing the trip as a chance for the president to showcase his budding relationships with President Xi Jinping of China and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
North Korea’s nuclear detonation over the weekend spurred the deployment of the rest of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, which is designed to stop missiles from the North.
President Trump took a stern line against the new liberal government in South Korea, accusing it of talking of “appeasement,” amid an escalating trade dispute between the two nations.