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One year later at UN, Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'

25 September 2018

The top US diplomat is defending President Donald Trump's decision to seek out a second summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un even though Kim's government has not followed through on commitments to halt its nuclear program.

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

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.

Separately, the U.S. agreed to exempt a certain amount of South Korean steel from the 25% tariffs Mr Trump announced in March - equivalent to 70% of the country's average imports from 2015-2017.

"I think he's got a couple major possibilities really to help illuminate for the American people what America's place in the world", national security adviser John Bolton told Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures", previewing Trump's United Nations appearance.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the U.N. General Assembly this week will test whether people like Trump are "playing together or playing lone horseman, whether they are seeking solutions or sticking to slogans".

Mr Trump said the signing, which took place on the sidelines of the United Nation's General Assembly, was "a great day" for the US and South Korea.

"The U.S Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, discussed North Korea with the media on Friday".

But on Monday, Mr Trump said of the "rocket man" days: "It was a different world".

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

Trump planned to meet later Monday in NY with French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL' mah-KROHN').

"That was a unsafe time". "This is one year later, a very different time". "As you know, Kim Jong-un wrote a letter - a attractive letter - asking for a second meeting and we will be doing that".

Nikki Haley, the USA 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.

Trump expressed gratitude to Moon for his "dedicated efforts" to reach what he called "a historic milestone in trade". Mr. Moon is expected to convey to Mr. Trump a personal message from Mr. Kim delivered at their inter-Korean talks last week.

This year's General Assembly will be Mr. Trump's second meeting since taking office and Pompeo's first since taking over as secretary of state.

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 USA opioid addiction.

The deal with South Korea is more complicated because of North Korea, which is in the midst of negotiations with the USA and South Korea over the dismantling of its nuclear program.

Trump, who met Kim in Singapore in June in the first-ever summit between the two countries that have never signed a peace treaty, earlier told reporters that he appreciated "a lovely letter" the young North Korean leader had sent to him.

One year later at UN, Trump's 'rocket man' Kim is 'terrific'