Trump calls new U.S.-South Korea trade deal a historic milestone


Donald Trump has said is he looking forward to a second summit with the "very open and terrific" North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to be announced in a "pretty short period of time".

President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In participate in a signing ceremony for the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement at the Lotte New York Palace hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in New York.

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.

Trump also says he's "excited" to be signing a new trade deal with South Korea.

Donald Trump has signed a revised trade pact with South Korea, aimed at expanding opportunities for United States carmakers and pharmaceutical companies.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in isn't letting that happen again.

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.

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The US president similarly described the trade deal with Seoul as a breakthrough and completely unlike an earlier deal, known as Korus, negotiated by the Obama administration.

The top USA 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.

In his 41-minute speech at the General Assembly in 2017, the USA president made clear he wanted to turn the clock back on the last half-century's growth of global rules and institutions, to return to the primacy of the nation-state.

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.

Trump has often fondly invoked the Singapore summit, a made-for-TV event that attracted the world's media attention and largely received positive marks from cable pundits - reviews that were not repeated for his summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin in Helsinki the following month. Trump said he will meet with Rosenstein on Thursday upon his return to Washington. Moon is expected to convey to Trump a personal message from Kim delivered at their inter-Korean talks last week.

Bolton, like Pompeo, is part of a far more hawkish national security team than the one that surrounded Trump a year ago.

Trump said Monday, "The scourge of drug addiction continues to claim too many lives in the United States and nations around the world".

Moon, speaking through a translator, said the two countries had made "modifications" to the deal. The penalties are a result of Trump's decision to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. USA officials said Trump is not seeking a meeting with the Iranian leader, but is not opposed to talking if Iran requests a session.