The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. are set for another sit-down next month-- as nuclear talks between Pyeongyang and Washington remain stalled.
South Korea's presidential office on Thursday announcing U.S. President Trump's visit to Seoul.
"The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. will discuss the nuclear negotiations with the spirit of close cooperation, as well as ways to strengthen their bilateral alliance."
The White House also confirmed President Trump's visit, during his trip to Asia for the G20 Summit in Japan, and said the leaders will "continue their close coordination on efforts to achieve the final fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea.
President Trump's detailed schedule however, believed to be still in the works, an indication that it's still unclear whether Trump will visit Seoul before or after the G20 summit in Osaka, a meeting that's scheduled for two days from June 28th.
Outlooks vary on what the outcome of what will be the eighth Moon-Trump summit could be, given the turn of events on the Korean Peninsula in recent weeks, including Pyeongyang's test firing of missiles.
Despite growing anticipation that the summit may help speed up nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the U.S., watchers weren't so optimistic of the meeting serving as a major breakthrough in the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.
"South Korean government is thinking to make some kinds of more positive incentives between leaders Moon-Trump vis-a-vis North Korea-- -- but not sure if positive incentives will be possible at the summit meeting, maybe food aid which is provided to North Korea with the purpose of humanitarian aid."
However, there's hope the meeting could have a postive impact on relations between Seoul and Pyeongyang.
"By having a summit with Trump, the South Korean government expects it can expedite discussions and conversations with North Korea."
"On top of the highly anticipated,.. and prospective agenda of denulcearization, next month's Moon-Trump summit looks set to include other issues concerning the allies, namely defense cost sharing as well as the issue of tariffs on cars.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News."