Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump's South Korea visit

In South Korea, President Donald Trump — unlike many of his predecessors — will not travel to the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Korean peninsula. Instead he will deliver what is set to be a closely-scrutinized speech before the country’s national assembly.

Seoul will be hoping during Trump’s two-day visit starting Tuesday for a reaffirmation of its alliance with Washington, at a time when the North is pushing ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of the international community.

There is widespread concern in South Korea that Trump’s visit might worsen the situation if he fails to dampen his fierce rhetoric.

“Because of his tendency to veer off the script, many Koreans are worried that he may let loose”, Professor Yang Moo-Jin of the University of North Korean Studies told AFP.

Some 500 protesters took to the streets in Seoul Saturday, chanting slogans and waving banners as they accused Trump of bringing the Korean peninsula to the brink of war. (AFP)

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Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Demonstrators march toward the U.S. Embassy during a protest ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Demonstrators hold placards near an American flag during a protest ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit outside the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of U.S. Embassy on Nov. 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. Trump will visit South Korea on Nov. 7 as a part of his Asian tour. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protestors hold placards showing pictures of US President Donald Trump during an anti-Trump rally in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2017, ahead of Trump’s visit to South Korea. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of U.S. Embassy on Nov. 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Protesters stage a rally to oppose a planned visit by the President Donald Trump in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protestors hold placards showing pictures of President Donald Trump during an anti-Trump rally in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2017, ahead of Trump’s visit to South Korea. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Demonstrators attend a protest ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of U.S. Embassy on Nov. 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Protesters march toward the U.S. Embassy during a rally to oppose a planned visit by the President Donald Trump in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The signs read ” We oppose Trump’s visit.” (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

A demonstrator raises a clenched fist during a protest ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Balloons attached pictures of the President Donald Trump are displayed during a rally to oppose his planned visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

A demonstrator holds a placard reading ‘No Trump No War’ during a protest ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

South Korean protesters take part in an anti-Trump rally in front of US Embassy on November 4, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo: Woohae Cho/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Protesters wearing masks of President Donald Trump march toward the U.S. Embassy during a rally to oppose a planned his visit in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The signs read ” Stop the War.” (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

A woman walks across posters featuring President Donald Trump during a protest ahead of Trump’s visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

A South Korean protestors displays a placard showing a caricature of President Donald Trump during an anti-Trump rally in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2017, ahead of Trump’s visit to South Korea. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

Protesters display pictures of President Donald Trump during a rally to oppose his planned visit near the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo: Ahn Young-joon/AP)

Protests in Seoul ahead of Trump’s South Korea visit

A South Korean protestor holds a placard showing a picture of President Donald Trump during an anti-Trump rally in Seoul on Nov. 4, 2017, ahead of Trump’s visit to South Korea. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

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