US President Donald Trump waits for a meeting with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly 21 September 2017 in New York City.

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Mr Trump’s Seoul go to is probably essentially the most symbolic stopover in his tour of Asia

US President Donald Trump has arrived in South Korea, the place he is because of meet chief Moon Jae-in to debate commerce and North Korea’s nuclear programme.

He may also meet US troops stationed in South Korea and native politicians.

Mr Trump flew in from Japan, the primary cease on his five-nation tour of Asia.

North Korea and its nuclear ambitions has been excessive on his agenda, with Mr Trump claiming on Monday that Japan could shoot down Pyongyang’s missiles with US equipment.

Previous to his departure for South Korea, Mr Trump tweeted that “massive military and energy orders” from Japan were happening, and in addition praised Mr Moon.

Although the US President will solely spend about 24 hours in South Korea, it’s maybe essentially the most symbolic cease in his Asian tour, says the BBC’s Robin Brant in Seoul.

The journey is designed to bolster the navy alliance that has lengthy protected South Korea, and power in unity is the message they wish to ship to North Korean chief Kim Jong-un simply throughout the border, says our correspondent.

However the two leaders even have their variations. Mr Trump has previously accused Mr Moon’s government of trying to appease the North.

He has additionally beforehand criticised the free commerce settlement between the US and South Korea, and has made clear he desires to re-negotiate its phrases.

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The 2 final met in September on the UN Normal Meeting in New York

In Seoul, many are hoping that Mr Trump won’t repeat his robust rhetoric towards North Korea, or make any off-the-cuff remarks about “fire and fury”, which many right here regard as pointless and incendiary, says our correspondent.

Mr Trump is visiting Asia in his first tour as US President.

He might be going to China, Vietnam and the Philippines within the coming week.