President Donald Trump is considering a visit to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea during his planned trip to Seoul, South Korea, after the G-20 summit, according to a South Korean government official. The DMZ is a heavily fortified border that divides the two Koreas, about 30 miles north of Seoul that was established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement. Trump is scheduled to meet with Moon on Sunday, South Korean presidential spokesman Ko Min-jung said Monday.
A South Korean Blue House official told there are no plans for Trump to hold a trilateral meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during his visit to the Korean Peninsula, which will be Saturday and Sunday. "We're not going into details of the U.S. President's schedule yet. Some things are still coming together," the official said. The President attempted to visit the DMZ during a visit to South Korea in November 2017 but was forced to turn back due to bad weather.
Trump and Kim reportedly considered using the area for their historic meeting before deciding on Singapore. Leaders who visit the DMZ often go to the Joint Security Area, a small portion of the DMZ where North and South Koreans used to stand face to face, guns at the ready. Moon and Kim met there twice last year and vowed to turn the entire DMZ into what they called a "peace zone." The Joint Security Area proved a fitting backdrop for Moon and Kim's first summit in April, which proved to be a highly choreographed event laden with symbolism.