At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

At UN, unrepentant Trump set to rattle foes, friends alike

President Donald Trump says a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is likely to take place "quite soon".

Details of Trump's second summit with Kim will be worked out in the immediate future, Trump told the media on Monday after a United Nations meeting on the Global Call for Action on the World Drug Problem.

Trump is set to address the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday morning and will chair a meeting of the Security Council Wednesday on counter-proliferation.

Long critical of the United Nations, Trump delivered a warning shot ahead of his arrival by declaring that the world body had "not lived up to" its potential.

Trump used his debut address to the UN General Assembly 12 months ago to threaten to "totally destroy" North Korea and belittled its leader as "rocket man", prompting Kim to respond by calling the United States president "mentally deranged". Moon, through a translator, said there is progress on denuclearization with North Korea.

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.

"That was a risky time".

Redoubling his commitment to "America First" on the most global of stages, Trump will stress his dedication to the primacy of USA interests while competing with Western allies for an advantage on trade and shining a spotlight on the threat that he says Iran poses to the Middle East and beyond.


"I think it makes very appropriate reciprocal confidence-building measures", said Eric Gomez, a security analyst at the Cato Institute, a USA libertarian think tank. "I think within a fairly short period of time we'll be announcing where it'll be, the location to be determined but we're both very much looking forward to having it".

Mr. Trump said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is working out the details for the second Trump-Kim meeting.

Donald Trump has signed a revised trade pact with South Korea, aimed at expanding opportunities for United States carmakers and pharmaceutical companies. Kim requested a second meeting with Trump in a letter this month, and Trump says, "we will be doing that".

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.

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

But the tone has warmed again since Kim met last week with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who made his first visit to Pyongyang.

Experts said the agreement - the result of extensive bilateral talks in the run-up to the September 18-20 summit in Pyongyang - would help build trust and would lower the possibility of accidental conflict. The penalties are a result of Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The Singapore summit was the first ever meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader.

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