President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in signed a major agreement of Trump's trade agenda Monday, on a busy day at the U.N. General Assembly during which Trump also revealed he'd meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "quite soon".
President Donald Trump praised North Korea's Kim Jong Un as "very open" and "terrific" Monday, striking a far less ominous note at the United Nations about the nuclear threat from the North. "The North Koreans view their capability as leverage and I don't think that they want to give it up easily".
Trump and Moon later made the announcement at hte United Nations and held a signing ceremony.
Nikki Haley, the US 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 commented Monday in NY during an appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
North Korea's representative to the meeting, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, responded to Trump's United Nations remarks previous year by calling them "the sound of a dog barking" and warning that North Korea could detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.
Moon said: "I'm hopeful that this will provide us with a platform, upon which our bilateral economic ties will be elevated to a higher level, in a freer, fairer and more mutually beneficial direction". 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 says he's president of the United States, not the world.
"We've imposed very stringent sanctions on Iran, more are coming, and what we expect from Iran is massive changes in their behavior", he said.
The US president will speak to the General Assembly on Tuesday and will chair the Security Council for the first time on Wednesday.
The command will cooperate with South Korea's defense ministry and "as appropriate" with the North Korean military "to work through the details of the agreement", according to a UNC official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
France's top diplomat is decrying what he calls U.S. President Donald Trump's "mix of unilateralism and isolationism" but says that's no reason to snub Trump or lock him out of world events.
Moon said he will discuss with Trump what their corresponding measures could be when they meet on the sidelines of the UN.
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.
"Today we commit to fighting the drug epidemic together", he added.
Trump earlier this year bucked allies and removed the USA from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, citing Iran's malign influence in the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah.