President Donald Trump groused Tuesday in South Korea that he has to spend so much time managing the rogue regime to the ally's north the first year of his presidency.
North Korea's nuclear ambitions ought to have been curbed 25 years ago, Trump said during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul.
'This is not the right time to be doing it, but that’s that I got. That's what I got,' Trump lamented.
Both presidents said they are hopeful that worldwide sanctions will bring North Korea to the table.
‘We have many things happening that we hope, we hope, in fact I’ll go a step further, we hope to God we never have to use,' Trump said.
President Donald Trump lamented Tuesday in South Korea that he has to spend any time at all on the rogue regime to the nation's north in the first year of his presidency
Tuesday in South Korea that he's optimistic about his chances to stop North Korea from deploying a nuclear missile capable of reaching America's allies.
'I think we're going to have lots of good answers for you over a period of time, and ultimately it will all work out,' Trump said before a military operational briefing at Camp Humphreys, near Seoul.
'It always works out. It has to work out!'
North Koran dictator Kim Jong-un hasn't carried out a ballistic missile test since September, but there are real concerns at the Pentagon that he might conduct a test launch while Trump is nearby.
His previous tests have flown in the direction of Guam, a U.S. island territory, and directly over Japan.
Trump's appearance Tuesday afternoon in South Korea marked his arrival in the second of five nations on his expansive Asian itinerary.
Air Force One landed at the Osan Air Base shortly after noon, greeted by a 21-cannon salute and a full honor guard.
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U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in meet at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea Tuesday
Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In pose prior to their meeting at presidential Blue House in Seoul
Trump receives a briefing from U.S. and South Korean military commanders at the U.S. Eighth Army Operation Command Center
'Ultimately it will all work out,' President Trump said Tuesday of the nuclear standoff brewing with North Korea; 'It always works out. It has to work out!'
Trump (C) talks to military personnel while South Korean President Moon Jae-In (R) looks on at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul
At Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Trump saluted officers and senior enlisted personnel – both Americans and South Koreans – before going inside to eat and plan strategy with his generals
'Good food!' Trump said, seated near President Moon Jae-in and in between American and South Korean soldiers – and he later boasted that he chose to eat with the troops rather than have 'a beautiful, very fancy lunch'
The president shook hands with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, kissed first lady Melania goodbye and boarded a military helicopter with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
The pair then had a short hop to Camp Humphreys, the nearby U.S. Army garrison.
Trump saluted and greeted both American and South Korean military officers and senior enlisted personnel before boarding an armored limousine for a short ride across the tarmac to a waiting lunch.
'I had a choice of having a beautiful, very fancy lunch, and I said "No, I want to eat with the troops." And we ate with the troops,' Trump said proudly.
'And it was good eating. It was good eating. And I tell you, they've done a terrific job. Very impressive.'
South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined him at the mess-hall lunch. 'Hello everybody!' Trump boomed after he was greeted by applause. 'Good food,' he said.
The presidents stayed only a short time at the lunch before the military briefing, which included Naitonal Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, who is now the White House chife of staff.
A pair of South Korean generals also took part, along with the head of U.S. forces in Korea, Gen. Vincent Brooks.
The president will later sit down with Moon at the Blue House, the nation's presidential mansion, for bilateral talks in advance of a joint press conference later in the day.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's territory starts just 35 miles from South Korea's capital, putting South Korea in the position of having to be a front-row spectator as the nuclear status of its belligerent neighbor is decided by other countries
This July 28, 2017 picture released from North Korea's state-run news agency shows Kim Jong-un's Hwasong-14 intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) being lauched at an undisclosed place in North Korea
The president shook a few hands and then kissed Melania goodbye before boarding a military helicopter for a short hop to nearby Camp Humphreys for lunch with the troops and a military operational briefing
Air Force One landed at the Osan Air Base shortly after noon, greeted by a 21-cannon salute and a full honor guard
Melania sported a pair of purple suede Louboutin shoes as she arrived in South Korea on Tuesday
A full military honor guard and a rolled-out red carpet awaited the Trumps at Osan Air Base
Trump will be in the Seoul area for barely 24 hours, but he will cast a 6-foot, 2-inch shadow on the communist nation to the north.
He has clear differences with Moon, both on managing the North Korean nuclear standoff and on tense negotiations over a trade deal that the White House says harms American workers.
Either crisis would be fodder enough for bilateral talks, a joint press conference and a speech to South Korea's National Assembly.
Korean TV carried the Trumps' arrival live from the moment he touched down, chronicling every moment with its own video feed