Trump lauds Kim in United Nations return

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

"[Kim] said he hoped Mike Pompeo would visit North Korea soon, and also a second summit with Trump would take place in the near future, in order to move the denuclearisation process along quickly", Mr Moon said.

He said the new trade agreement, which still needs approval by South Korea's parliament, was a sign of the strong partnership between the US and South Korea. "And I think he wants to see something happen", Trump declared.

"It looks like we´ll have a second summit quite soon", Trump told reporters at the United Nations.

Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, told reporters in a preview of Trump's visit, that the president's focus "will be very much on the United States", its role and the relations it wants to build.

The president said he thinks American farmers "are going to be extremely happy", and be sending a lot more farm products to South Korea.

On Monday, the USA leader seemed to change tone as he hailed "tremendous progress on North Korea". In the 12 months since his last visit to the United Nations, the president has jolted the global status quo by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, starting trade conflicts with China and the West and embracing Russia's Vladimir Putin even as the investigation into the US president's ties to Moscow moves closer to the Oval Office.

"We've been at this the other way an awfully long time and failed", he said, adding: "We tried to do details".

Pompeo has proposed a meeting with Ri at the General Assembly this week.

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Moon said he will discuss with Trump what their corresponding measures could be when they meet on the sidelines of the UN.

France's top diplomat is decrying what he calls U.S. President Donald Trump's "mix of unilateralism and isolationism" but says that's no reason to snub Trump or lock him out of world events. Kim expressed his unwavering trust in Mr. Trump, Moon said in passing along the North Korean leader's message.

Noting that many fear a formal end to the 1950-53 war may weaken the reason for the U.S. to continue maintaining tens of thousands of USA troops in South Korea, Moon said it would only be a political declaration that has nothing to do with United States forces in Korea, and that the North Korean leader shared such a view. "This is one year later, a very different time".

Trump said Monday, "The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives in the United States and nations around the world".

Trump was elected promising to address US opioid addiction.

White House remains concerned that North Korea is not making enough progress on denuclearization.

Haspel reaffirmed the long-standing US intelligence view that North Korean officials see the country's nuclear weapons program as "essential to their regime's survival", noting that getting Pyongyang to change course will still be a tough sell.

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