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Trump to visit S. Korea on Nov. 7-8: Cheong Wa Dae

U.S. President Donald Trump will arrive in South Korea on Nov. 7 for a two-day visit to hold a summit with President Moon Jae-in, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday.

"We earlier sought to invite President Trump on a three-day visit but agreed President Trump and his wife should arrive in the early morning on Nov. 7, considering the difficulties involved in providing adequate diplomatic protocol should he and his wife arrive in South Korea late at night," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun told a press briefing.

Cheong Wa Dae earlier said the Moon-Trump summit will be held on Nov. 7.

The file photo, taken Sept. 22, 2017, shows South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump talking to each other in a bilateral summit held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. (Yonhap)

Trump is scheduled to make a three-day visit to Japan before arriving in Seoul. After his first visit to Seoul, he will stay in China for three days until Nov. 10, when he is expected to head to Da Nang, Vietnam for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' meeting, according to the White House.

The Cheong Wa Dae spokesman insisted how long Trump would stay does not matter as much as what he would do while here.

"As already announced by the U.S. side, President Trump plans to make a speech at the National Assembly (of South Korea). I believe it will be the only chance for President Trump throughout his trip to South Korea, China and Japan to give a speech on his key policies," Park said.

"Through his speech at the National Assembly, President Trump is expected to discuss not only strengthening the Korea-U.S. alliance and joint efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear issue but also his views and policies on conditions in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia," he added.

Also, Trump will be conducting a state visit, becoming the first U.S. leader to do so in 25 years and only the sixth in history.

"A state visit can be offered only once to the head of each foreign country throughout out a president's term," Park explained.

The upcoming bilateral summit between Moon and Trump will mark the third of its kind since the two leaders took office earlier in the year. The two have also held two rounds of three-way summit talks that involved Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Following their summit here on Nov. 7, Moon and Trump will hold a joint press event, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

They will again meet in Vietnam when they attend the annual APEC summit. Following that, they will both visit Manila, the Philippines, from Nov. 12 for the annual East Asia Summit that will also involve the leaders of China, Japan and the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

Hwi Won  edt@koreapost.com

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