default_top_notch
default_news_top
default_news_ad1
default_nd_ad1

Trumps mulls DMZ tour next month

기사승인 2017.10.10  11:47:19

공유
default_news_ad2

U.S. President Donald Trump may travel to the inter-Korean border in early November when he visits South Korea, a defense source said Tuesday.

The White House dispatched an advance team of working-level officials in late September to check candidate sites for Trump's "special activity" here, according to the source.

"They looked around Panmunjom and Observation Post Ouellette," the source said on the condition of anonymity.

Trump is expected to send a significant message to North Korea, either verbally or "kinetically," during his first trip to the peninsula as U.S. commander-in-chief.

"Trump will likely do something like that and his aides are making the relevant preparations," added the source.

A combined image of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea's national flag (Yonhap)

He is scheduled to visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines starting Nov. 2. No exact itinerary has yet been announced.

The truce village of Panmunjom and the observation post (OP), both located inside the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), are among facilities Trump is considering visiting.

"He may instead visit frontline islands such as Yeonpyeong-do or Baengnyeong-do. I am not sure whether the advance team went there, too," said the source.

If Trumps opts for Panmunjom, where pistol-carrying North Korean soldiers stand guard just a stone's throw away, it would raise greater security concerns.

In 2012, then-President Barack Obama visited OP Ouellette, a hilltop border post, and looked through binoculars towards the North.

Two years earlier, Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates, who served as secretary of state and secretary of defense respectively at the time, toured Panmunjom together.

U.S. officials said Trump will touch on the North Korea issue in his upcoming trip to the region.

"We are in the process of upping the ante and increasing pressure on North Korea to change its behavior," Matthew J. Matthews, deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told reporters last week.

He said there will be discussions on ways to send a "clear and unequivocal statement to the DPRK that it needs to bring its behavior into line with its U.N. Security Council obligations." DPRK stands for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name. (Yonhap)

Sean Kim edt@koreapost.com

<저작권자 © 코리아포스트 무단전재 및 재배포금지>
default_news_ad5
default_side_ad1
default_nd_ad2

인기기사

default_side_ad2

포토

1 2 3
set_P1
default_side_ad3

섹션별 인기기사 및 최근기사

default_side_ad4
default_nd_ad6
default_news_bottom
default_nd_ad4
default_bottom
#top
default_bottom_notch