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President Trump Predicts Progress in Talks with North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, and first lady Melania Trump arrive at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Trump arrived here on the second leg of his five-nation Asian tour and will hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEATTLE -- Softening his aggressive rhetoric, at least for the moment, President Donald Trump stood on South Korean soil Tuesday and urged North Korea soil to come to the negotiating table. It's time, he said, for the North to "make a deal" to rein in its nuclear weapons program.

It was a striking shift in tone for the president, who for months has issued increasingly dire threats to answer any hostile North Korean action with "fire and fury." On Tuesday, his first day on the Korean Peninsula as president, Trump said he'd seen "a lot of progress" in dealing with Pyongyang, though he stopped short of saying whether he wanted direct diplomatic talks.

"It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world," Trump said at a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. "I do see certain movement."

On the KOMO Midday News (weekdays 1-3pm), we spoke to Professor Clark Sorensen, an expert on Korea at the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies. (Click the picture above to hear the audio).

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