Trump says second North Korea summit ‘quite soon’

Hassan Rouhani

President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have signed the first major agreement of Trump's trade agenda.

The U.S. and South Korean presidents signed an update to an existing U.S. -South Korea free-trade agreement Monday in NY.

But while some world leaders are still reeling from Trump's deference to Putin in their summer Helsinki summit, there will not be an encore in New York: The Russian president is not expected to attend the proceedings.

The softer tone toward North Korea - once threatened with "fire and fury" - has been replaced by rosy optimism, with Trump reserving tough rhetoric for another potential nuclear aspirant and strategic foe: Iran. He says US automobiles, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will gain better access to Korean markets. The South Korean leader also said he hopes the revised agreement with the US will help solidify their cooperation in other areas.

"We'll be having a second summit with Chairman Kim in the not too distant future", the president added.

Skepticism remains about whether Kim has taken any concrete steps, but that seems unlikely to deter Trump from pushing toward a follow-up to the Singapore summit in June. Trump has a robust schedule during his stay in NY, including meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Klingner has warned that Kim's flattery of Trump and Trump's appreciation of it are getting in the way of the need for real progress.

Trump also says he's "excited" to be signing a new trade deal with South Korea.

A senior Russian lawmaker who is under US sanctions is pushing for the release of jailed Russian gun activist Maria Butina during a special visit to NY.

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Slutsky says he hopes to meet while in NY with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, who visited Moscow last month and has encouraged more cooperation with Russia despite increasing layers of U.S. sanctions over Russian interference overseas.

US intelligence agencies have said that North Korea, which has not tested a ballistic missile since agreeing to the summit months ago, continues to work on technical advancements in its nuclear arsenal in secret.

Trump said the deal was "fair and reciprocal", and will both reduce the trade deficit and expand opportunities to export American products to South Korea, including automobiles, medicine and agricultural products.

He says, "We tried to do details, we tried to do step for step", but those were unsuccessful.

No decision had yet been taken as to the venue, he said.

Trump's address to the General Assembly comes Tuesday, and on Wednesday he will for the first time chair the Security Council, with the stated topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Le Drian suggested the ceremonies could remind Trump of the importance of worldwide cooperation.

"French President Emmanuel Macron is likely to stand opposite Trump in defense of multilateralism".

Donald Trump is expecting to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for the second time "quite soon".

Trump's lavish compliments for Kim represent a remarkable turnaround from Trump's first appearance at the United Nations general assembly, nearly exactly a year ago, when he hurled insults at Kim and threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.

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He said Monday: "It was a different world".

"That was a very risky time". But no American company sells much more than 10,000 cars a year in South Korea.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters such a second Trump-Kim summit would have "enormous value" and he is confident it will happen.

North Korea's representative to the meeting, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, responded to Trump's United Nations remarks previous year by calling them "the sound of a dog barking" and warning that North Korea could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In focused his remarks on denuclearisation talks with North Korea, in which the United States has been involved.

Moon's trip to NY is also aimed at explaining the outcome of his third bilateral summit with Kim to the world. He's calling for global action to address the illegal movement and abuse of drugs.

Rouhani, appearing on NBC on Monday, cited the threat of more USA sanctions in stating, "There is no such program for a meeting".

Trump was elected promising to address USA opioid addiction.

As he begins the sequel to his stormy United Nations debut, U.S. President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago.

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Just a year ago, the U.S. and North Korea were publicly speaking of a nuclear confrontation but Mr Trump had historic first talks with Mr Kim in June.

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