Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump lauds Kim in United Nations return

Trump lauds Kim in United Nations return

"But under no definition of reverse could I say that North Korea couldn't make more or better nuclear weapons than it does now".

Efforts to resume economic cooperation are limited by US -led sanctions linked to the North's banned nuclear weapons program.

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.

"Companies from both countries will now be able to do business under more stable conditions", Moon said.

The completion of the pact came as Mr Trump faced a number of political controversies, including the sexual harassment allegations against his nominee to the Supreme Court.

The two presidents were meeting on the margins of the United Nations general assembly, where they signed a new bilateral trade agreement, and Moon said he was bringing a new message from Kim to Trump about a second summit.

Trump was speaking at an appearance in NY on Monday with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, who claimed that North Korea's decision to dismantle its nuclear weapons programme was irreversible.

Moon has said the North Korean leader hopes to hold a second US-North Korea summit with Trump in the near future, and that he remains committed to complete denuclearization of his country, possibly before Trump's first four-year term ends in January 2021.

What was a concession, he made clear Monday, and one the USA won't make, is sanctions relief.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has been given the task of setting up a second summit and he told reporters in NY that he hoped to fly to Pyongyang soon.

As he begins the sequel to his stormy United Nations debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago.

"There is a long ways to go to get Chairman Kim to live up to the commitment that he made to President Trump and, indeed, to the demands of the world in the U.N. Security Council resolutions to get him to fully denuclearize".

"That was a risky time".

Still, Pompeo said Monday he will head to Pyongyang soon for those conversations, which need to happen to see if the two sides are to be on the same page, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told ABC News on Sunday. "This is one year later, a very different time". 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.

USA officials defended Trump's strategy of engagement with the erstwhile pariah state as the president embarked on a week of meetings with world leaders.

Rouhani, appearing on NBC on Monday, cited the threat of more US sanctions in stating, "There is no such program for a meeting".

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

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.

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