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(LEAD) Trump cancels surprise visit to DMZ

2017/11/08 09:26

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SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump attempted to make a surprise visit to South Korea's heavily fortified border with communist North Korea but failed due to bad weather conditions, an official from South Korea's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, on the other hand, was waiting for him at at a guard post inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the official said.

The joint trip to the DMZ was proposed by Trump during their bilateral summit Tuesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The official said Moon was able to reach their proposed destination as he took off early in the morning.

Heavy fog that formed later near the DMZ prevented Trump's helicopter from landing, forcing him to return to a U.S. military base in Yongsan, Seoul.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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