Second North Korea summit 'quite soon'

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 24, 2018

President Donald Trump said Monday he expects a second summit with Kim Jong Un to take place "quite soon" as he returned to the United Nations to trumpet a turnaround in ties with the North Korean leader.

The meeting would come despite US officials assessing that the North has not followed through on its commitments to take steps toward denuclearization.

On Monday, the United States leader seemed to change tone as he hailed "tremendous progress on North Korea".

Scores of world leaders, even those representing America's closest friends, remain wary of Trump.

The Moon-Trump summit is set to be held Monday, four days after the South Korean president returned home from a three-day trip to North Korea for talks with leader Kim Jong-un.

While relations with Kim have improved dramatically, leaders attending the annual assembly will hear how another of Trump's adversaries, Iran's Hassan Rouhani, remains beyond the pale for the American president.

"It's always been surprising to me that more things aren't resolved", Trump said in a weekend video message, "because you have all of these countries getting together in one location but it doesn't seem to get there".

On a four-day visit to NY, the U.S. president arrived at the United Nations saying that his country's relationship with the authoritarian regime had improved greatly. "I think it will".

In a sign of the diverging views between Trump and his top foreign policy aides, just a day earlier US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said she believed talk of a second summit was premature.

He will deliver a keynote speech in a United Nations meeting on Wednesday.

He will also defend the Trump administration's use of sanctions to force change, which has seen Chinese and Russian companies punished for doing business in North Korea.

The US president will speak to the General Assembly on Tuesday and will chair the Security Council for the first time on Wednesday. The penalties are a result of Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. USA officials say their priority for the region now is removing Iranian forces from Syria.

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