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Donald Trump arrives in S Korea with focus on Pyongyang

SEOL: US President Donald Trump has landed in South Korea, with the North’s nuclear ambitions high on his agenda.
He flew in from Tokyo, after saying on Monday thatáJapan could shoot down Pyongyang’s missiles with US equipment. Trade will also be a key focus for Mr Trump, who wants fresh terms for the US-South Korea free trade agreement. He is meeting President Moon Jae-in, US troops and local politicians. Mr Trump is currently on a five-nation tour of Asia, his first as president.
Prior to his departure for South Korea, Mr Trump tweeted thatá”massive military and energy orders” from Japan were happening,áand also praised Mr Moon.
Though the US president will only spend about 24 hours in South Korea, it is perhaps the most symbolic stop in his Asian tour, says the BBC’s Robin Brant in Seoul.
The trip is designed to bolster the military alliance that has long protected South Korea, and strength in unity is the message they want to send to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un just across the border. But the two leaders also have their differences. Mr Trump hasápreviously accused Mr Moon’s government of trying to appease the North.
He has also previously criticised the free trade agreement between the US and South Korea, and has made clear he wants to re-negotiate its terms.

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