Donald and Melania Trump will visit South Korea this year, the nation's president Moon Jae-in announced at the White House on Friday.
The visit, a White House official said minutes later, will likely be sandwiched between a bilateral meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo and a trio of November regional summits in the Philippines and Vietnam.
'I invited President Trump to visit Korea this year, and he graciously accepted my offer,' Moon said in the White House's Rose Garden.
Moon said Trump was the first foreign leader to call him with congratulations after his May 9 election win.
He said the U.S. president had shown himself to be 'a man of determination and pragmatism.
Both Moon and Trump took a hard line on North Korea's nuclear missile ambitions, saying they would work together to talk Pyongyang down from threatening a regional apocalypse.