South Korean leader to dine with Trump, meet top lawmakers

South Korean leader to dine with Trump, meet top lawmakers
South Korean leader to dine with Trump, meet top lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) – South Korea’s president plans to meet with congressional leaders and have dinner with President Donald Trump – as he looks to reassure Washington that he’ll coordinate closely on dealing with the threat from North Korea.

President Moon Jae-in (MOON JAAH IHN) has long advocated engagement with North Korea to address its nuclear weapons development. His position could cause strains with Trump, who wants to step up economic pressure and further isolate the North’s diplomatically.

The U.S. and South Korea want to show they’re on the same page, as concern deepens over North Korea’s technological progress toward a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the continental U.S.

Thursday night’s dinner at the White House will be the first meeting between Trump and Moon. They’ll hold formal talks on Friday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is seen through wine glasses as he speaks to a dinner hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Korean Chamber of Commerce in Washington, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
South Korean protesters against North Korea tear North Korean flags up during a rally supporting the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system called Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, June 29, 2017. South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed Wednesday to stand firmly with President Donald Trump against North Korea, playing down his past advocacy of a softer approach toward the nuclear-armed nation as he made his first visit as president to Washington. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, with his wife Kim Jung-sook, and Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller, center, place their hands over their hard during the playing of national anthems for South Korea and the United States during a ceremony at the “Chosin Few Battle Monument,” at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Triangle, Va. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)