Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Back at UN, Trump eyes new N.Korea summit 'quite soon'

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Angelica Greene | 25 September, 2018, 07:40

U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in sign the U.S. -Korea Free Trade Agreementon during a ceremony on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in NY, U.S., September 24, 2018.

Speaking at the United Nations, Trump says the relationship with the country whose leader he branded a year ago as "Little Rocket Man" is much improved.

Trump, during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the United Nations, said: "Chairman Kim has been really very open and terrific, frankly".

President Donald Trump says his second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will unfold much like their first meeting, except for the location.

Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been tasked with bringing about the second summit, despite an assessment by US officials that the North has not followed through on its commitments to take steps toward denuclearization.

"Tremendous progress on North Korea", Trump told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

"We're certainly in a better place than we were in 2017 because of the dialogue we've established between our two leaders, the president and Kim Jong Un", Haspel added.

On Monday he is also set to participate in a Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem and then, in addition to Moon, meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and French President Emmanuel Macron.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho has been invited by Pompeo for talks on the sidelines of the assembly meeting.

"It's a very big deal", Mr. Trump said.

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Trump says he's president of the United States, not the world.

Trump and Moon were expected to sign a new version of the U.S.

Moon said: "I'm hopeful that this will provide us with a platform, upon which our bilateral economic ties will be elevated to a higher level, in a freer, fairer and more mutually beneficial direction".

U.S. allies in the Middle East, notably Saudi Arabia, have, however, been delighted by Trump's stance.

"This is a brand new agreement", he told reporters.

"I expect I'll be travelling to Pyongyang before too long", he said. "We'll be doing that", he said.

In his four-day visit to New York, Trump will deliver major speeches and meet with representatives of a world order that he has so often upended in the past year.

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Monday accused U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of supporting Arab separatists allegedly behind an attack on a military parade last week that killed 24 people. US officials said Trump is not seeking a meeting with the Iranian leader, but is not opposed to talking if Iran requests a session.

However, James Schoff, a former senior adviser for east Asia policy at the Pentagon, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: "Trump's claim that this is a new agreement is not accurate, since only a few portions of the original deal have been reworked (and they used the amendment process in Korus to get it done)".

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