Seoul (AFP) – Hundreds of South Koreans protested Sunday in opposition to an upcoming go to by Donald Trump and referred to as for peace because the US President begins an Asian tour dominated by North Korea’s nuclear programme.
Trump, who arrived in Tokyo on Sunday, is about to go to the South from Tuesday to Wednesday as a part of his first Asian journey as head of state that additionally contains Vietnam, China and the Philippines.
He’s scheduled to carry a summit with President Moon Jae-In and go to a US army base, with all eyes on his message to the North and its chief Kim Jong-Un.
Tensions flared after Pyongyang staged a sixth atomic check in September and test-launched a number of missiles able to reaching the US mainland, whereas Trump and Kim have traded vibrant private assaults.
South Korea is a key US ally and hosts 28,500 US troops however lots of Trump’s critics within the South see him as a warmonger whose current confrontation with Kim has heightened tensions on the flashpoint peninsula.
“We oppose warfare! Negotiate peace!” the protesters chanted in central Seoul, waving banners and balloons emblazoned “Peace, not warfare” and “We wish peace”.
Many slammed each Trump and Kim for heightening the chance of battle.
“Trump and Kim… are utilizing the present army standoff for their very own political achieve, whereas we South Koreans are trembling with worry of warfare!” one activist mentioned on stage.
One mom whose son is serving the South’s necessary two-year military conscription accused the US chief of placing her son’s life in danger.
“My coronary heart stirs at each single phrase Trump says about North Korea,” she mentioned.
Organisers estimated the variety of protesters at round 5,000.
Individually on Sunday a bunch of conservative activists held a rally to welcome Trump, urging Washington to deploy tactical nuclear weapons within the South to protect in opposition to threats from the North.
The most recent standoff between Trump and Kim has raised concern amongst South Koreans, who’ve over a long time grown detached to common threats of assault from Pyongyang.
However some Trump advisers say US army choices are restricted as a result of any armed battle on the peninsula could be anticipated to trigger big casualties.
Seoul is house to 10 million individuals and solely about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the heavily-fortified border, inside vary of Pyongyang’s artillery.
Author: Arif Shakoor
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