US President Donald Trump is considering a visit to the Korean demilitarised zone (DMZ) in November, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap.
“The White House dispatched an advance team of working-level officials in late September to check candidate sites for Trump’s ‘special activity’ here. They looked around Panmunjom and Observation Post Ouellette,” Yonhap says, citing an unnamed South Korean defence source.
A trip to the DMZ, following in the footsteps Vice President Mike Pence and his predecessor, Barack Obama, “would bring Trump within yards of North Korean soldiers, who stand eyeball to eyeball with their South Korean enemies, and likely be regarded by the North as highly provocative,” Reuters says.
News of the possible visit came after another joint show of force by the US, South Korea and Japan.
Two supersonic B-1B bombers flew over the Korean peninsula last night. “Two South Korean F-15K fighters, along with Japanese fighters, joined the drill after the bombers took off from Andersen airbase in Guam,” The Guardian reports.