At UN, Trump calls for global action on drugs

Andrew Harnik  AP FILE

Andrew Harnik AP FILE

-South Korean trade agreement, one of Trump's first successes in his effort to renegotiate trade deals on more favorable terms for the U.S. Even so, some U.S. officials worry that South Korea's eagerness to restore relations with the North could reduce sanctions pressure on Kim's government, hampering efforts to negotiate a nuclear accord.

Working as the middle man, . the South Korean leader seems to have successfully threaded the diplomatic needle, . getting his USA counterpart Donald Trump to agree to a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

His national security adviser, John Bolton, said that Trump would stress USA defense of its sovereignty in his latest United Nations address on Tuesday.

Conservatives in South Korea and other critics have expressed concern that Moon's administration is letting down its guard too soon considering the North's track record of reneging on past agreements.

Trump, for his part, said: "We are in no rush". "And I think within a pretty short period of time, that will be announced and its location will be determined".

Speaking at the United Nations, Trump says the relationship with the country whose leader he branded past year as "Little Rocket Man" is much improved.

Trump praised Kim as "very open" and "terrific", despite the glacial pace of progress toward denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. But there has been very little, if any, progress in that direction.

Moon met with Kim for a third time last week.

The top US 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.

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 a year ago".

The nuclear threat from North Korea dominated Mr Trump's first meeting in NY - a dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday night.

Mr Trump is no fan of the United Nations, which he criticised during the weekend for having "not lived up to" its potential.

"We're bringing the two senior leaders, the individuals who can actually make the decisions that will move this process forward", in hopes they can make a breakthrough, he said. -South Korea free-trade agreement Monday in NY. "This is not an old one, rewritten". Trump said he will meet with Rosenstein on Thursday upon his return to Washington. But no American company sells much more than 10,000 cars a year in South Korea.

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

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. The subject initially was to have been Iran, but that could have allowed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to attend, creating a potentially awkward situation for the USA leader.

Trump was elected promising to address US opioid addiction.

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