Donald Trump says 2nd North Korea summit 'quite soon'

Lawrence Kim
September 25, 2018

President Donald Trump, arriving at the United Nations on Monday morning, said he and Kim Jong Un will meet for a second time "quite soon". Kim requested a second meeting with Trump in a letter this month, and Trump says, "we will be doing that". Secretary Pompeo will be working that out.

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

He said Monday: "It was a different world".

US intelligence agencies have said that North Korea, which has not tested a ballistic missile since agreeing to the summit months ago, continues to work on technical advancements in its nuclear arsenal in secret. "We'll continue at every level to have those conversations", he said. Pompeo added that there remains work to be done in the region and that it will be "some time" before complete denuclearization takes place.

Diplomacy between the USA and North Korea has continued in fits and starts since Trump met with Kim in Singapore in June, with Trump most recently canceling Pompeo's planned trip to Pyongyang last month, believing the visit would not be fruitful. When Trump makes his second address to the United Nations _ and wields the Security Council gavel for the first time _ he will face leaders of a global order he upended in the last 12 months by pulling out of the Iran deal, embracing Russian Federation and alienating longtime Western allies over trade and defense spending.

"It looks like we'll have a second summit quite soon".

Trump's address to the General Assembly comes Tuesday, and on Wednesday he will for the first time chair the Security Council, with the stated topic of non-proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Nonetheless, US officials have anxious that a second summit between Trump and Kim is premature and would hand North Korea too much in return for little concrete and verifiable progress toward denuclearization.

The US annoyed many of its allies in Europe by pulling out of a deal they jointly negotiated in 2015 that lifted sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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