Trump visit could be 'turning point' on North Korea policy, says Moon

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in shake hands at South Korea’s presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea President Moon Jae-in said he hoped a visit by U.S President Donald Trump would be a turning point in efforts to defuse tensions over North Korea’s nuclear program as the two leaders met in Seoul on Tuesday.

The state visit in the South Korean capital was billed as an opportunity for Trump and Moon to present a united front, despite differences over how to confront North Korea’s nuclear threat, as well as Trump’s complaints over the two countries’ trade agreements.

Besides vowing to prevent North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from developing nuclear weapons and missiles that can effectively strike the mainland United States, Trump has also threatened to pull out of a free trade pact between the two countries.

Reporting by Steve Holland, Seoul bureau; Writing by Josh Smith; Editing by Nick Macfie