Trump, at United Nations, to again confront North Korea's nuclear threat

Trump, at United Nations, to again confront North Korea's nuclear threat

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that in private messages from Kim Jong Un to President Donald Trump, the North Korean dictator has been "very consistent" that he's "intent on denuclearizing" the Korean Peninsula.

U.S. President Donald Trump in NY on Wednesday told the UN Security Council (UNSC) that sanctions against North Korea will stay in place until it denuclearizes and that prohibited ship-to-ship transfers "must stop immediately".

United States Institute of Peace said that it was only the start of a long process and they really anticipate that Washington would constructively respond to the issue.

Kim Jong Un has improved his image in South Korea and elsewhere, thanks to the three summits with Moon this year and his meeting with President Trump in Singapore in June.

Even within the Trump administration, however, there's "a profoundly skeptical view of the possibility of achieving 'final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, '" the stated USA goal.

The trip comes at a critical juncture for those talks, as North Korea has taken no public steps to eliminate its nuclear arsenal and with negotiations deadlocked over sequencing - or who gives up what first.

A summit held before the United States midterm elections in November "may be a way for President Trump to score more political points with his key Republican voter base", said James Floyd Downes, a lecturer in comparative politics at Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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"Our Secretary of State will be dealing with that subject".

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"There is a degree of disconnect between how the (President's) senior staff see the path to a nuclear deal and how the North Koreans see the path", Yun, the former U.S. special representative, said.

The pair signed a document pledging to establish new relations, work towards "complete denuclearisation" and to build a lasting peace on the peninsula. "I look forward to seeing the U.S". It was an agreement made upon after a meeting with North and South Korean leaders in Pyongyang.

The talks between Trump and Kim would aim to reach agreement on specific denuclearisation steps before moving on to the declaration, observers said.

"I believe that setting a timetable for all these measures is a task for the second U.S". While Trump is not seeking a meeting with Rouhani, he is open to talking with the Iranian leader if Rouhani requests one, administration officials said.

Pompeo previously said that North Korea has committed to dismantling its nuclear weapons programme by the time Trump's term ends in January 2021.

"The United Nations has tremendous potential and that potential is being met, slowly but surely", Trump told a meeting on combatting drugs attended by UN chief Antonio Guterres.

"He said to me that he was very close to going to war", Trump said. He says US automobiles, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will gain better access to Korean markets. Interestingly, it was 11 years ago the leaders of the two countries had held their meeting in North Korea where Moon Jae during his current visit took along a huge business delegation that included Samsung's vice chairman Lee Jae-yong. "You would have had a war and you would have lost millions, not thousands", Trump said. Trump has a robust schedule during his stay in NY, including meetings with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

INSKEEP: Very briefly, does the president indicate more progress could be coming, or some progress could be coming on North Korea and its nuclear program?