Trump arrives in South Korea for talks
President Donald Trump has flown into South Korea, the closest he has come to the frontlines of the nuclear standoff with North Korea, saying a solution must be found to the security threat posed by Pyongyang.
Landing at Osan Air Base outside Seoul, the president and First Lady Melania Trump stepped down from Air Force One onto a red carpet as he began a 24-hour visit that could aggravate tensions with North Korea.
He then flew by helicopter to Camp Humphreys, the largest US military base in the country, and met US and South Korean troops, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.What happens during a US govt shutdown
The White House says Trump's trip is intended to demonstrate US resolve over his hardline approach to the North Korean nuclear and missile threats, but many in the region fear further bellicose presidential rhetoric could increase the potential for a devastating military conflict on the Korean peninsula.
Meeting with military commanders about the North Korea issue, Trump told reporters: "Ultimately it will all work out, it always works out, it has to work out". He did not elaborate.
Trump praised president Moon, hailing him for "great cooperation," despite differences over how to confront North Korea and over a trade pact between the United States and South Korea.Koreas discuss art troupe's Olympics visit
Three US aircraft carrier strike groups will exercise together in the Western Pacific in the coming days in a show of force rarely seen in the region, US officials said.
Trump, however, will steer clear of the heavily fortified demilitarised zone (DMZ) zone on the border between the two Koreas - where other US presidents have visited - a move that might have been seen by North Korea as more of a provocation.