Trump Pursues Trade Deals in Asia, Europe Amid Frostiness With China

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President Trump reaffirms strong ties with South Korea, as he signs a new trade agreement with President Moon Jae-in.

Starting his first official day of high-level meetings as part of the week-long United Nations General Assembly meeting in NY on Monday, President Trump is holding a series of bilateral meetings with leaders from South Korea to France where he is expected to discuss the USA role in the world.

"Chairman Kim has been really very open and terrific, frankly".

"We have many things in store", Trump said.

The US started negotiations with South Korea past year, following Mr Trump's criticism of the 2012 deal as a "one-way street".

"We will be having a second summit in the not-too-distant future", Mr. Trump said.

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

One thing we know for sure from the summit between the leaders of South Korea and the USA,.is that there will be a redux of the Singapore summit, . hopefully pushing efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula in the right direction. But there has been very little, if any, progress in that direction.

The rivals also announced a blueprint to transform the DMZ, a 2.5-mile-wide no man's land that is lined with barbed wire and land mines, into a peace zone, as agreed during the first Moon-Kim summit on April 27. 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.

Moon showered Trump with praise, declaring: "Thanks to your bold decision and new approach, we are in the process of solving a problem that no one has been able to solve in the decades past".

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According to Suzanne DiMaggio, an expert on North Korea and Iran at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Trump's address to the assembly will be the "polar opposite of what we heard previous year".

"These are good soundbites and probably what the Americans want to hear", Melissa Hanham, a senior research associate at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

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

Trump and Moon later made the announcement at hte United Nations and held a signing ceremony.

"In addition to this deal, we have many in the works, and they are fair deals", he said.

Bolton said the United States was seeking to ramp up pressure on Iran but not to overthrow the regime - an idea he supported before taking his job and reiterated recently by former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer. "This is not an old one, rewritten".

Trump said Monday he hopes to meet with Kim again "quite soon". "This is one year later, a much different time".

President Trump is at the United Nations for his second general assembly meeting with world leaders since taking office and has participated in a counter-narcotics event.

In his four-day visit to New York, Trump will deliver major speeches and meet with representatives of a world order that he has so often upended in the past year. The penalties are a result of Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The president, whose bellicose denunciations of Pyongyang have largely given way to hopeful notes, plans to sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who comes bearing a personal message to Trump from North Korea's Kim after their inter-Korean talks last week. El-Sissi said it's an obligation Trump has made clear.