"Russia borders North Korea. They also are very concerned, I think, with the direction North Korea is leading the region toward, into this crisis. And naturally, Russia should have a role in that future," a senior administration official told ABC News, explaining why Trump would seek Putin's help. "Russia has obligations as a UN member to upholding United Nations Security Council resolutions ... including the sanctions passed earlier this year."
It will take place in Da Nang, Vietnam, where both Trump and Putin will participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
"The importance for international affairs of any contact between the Russian and U.S. presidents can hardly be overestimated," Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
North Korea will be the central issue of Trump's 13-day trip to Asia.
“Well, we want to get it solved," Trump told reporters of the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear program. "It's a big problem for our country and for the world."
Ahead of the stop in Vietnam, Trump will meet with U.S. allies in the region to attempt to ramp up pressure on the North Korean regime. He is scheduled to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Chinese President Xi Jingping before arriving in Da Nang.
Asked whether he was worried that North Korea's Kim Jong Un would use the president's visit to the region to demonstrate another missile test, Trump said: "We’ll soon find out. Good luck!"