Second North Korea summit 'quite soon'

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Trump on Monday characterised the agreement with South Korea as "a brand new agreement" rather than an incremental change.

The Trump administration is turning to allies in Asia and Europe for trade deals as US relations with China deteriorate and the two world's largest economies exchange tit-for-tat tariffs that risk damaging global commerce.

Trump is set to address the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday morning and will chair a meeting of the Security Council Wednesday on counter-proliferation.

"Tremendous progress on North Korea", Trump told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

The softer tone toward the erstwhile pariah state of North Korea - once threatened with "fire and fury" - has been replaced by rosy optimism, with Trump reserving tough rhetoric for another potential nuclear aspirant and strategic foe: Iran.

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"That was a very unsafe time. I think he wants to see something happen".

But South Korean lawmakers, who must sign off on the deal, have warned they will not approve it if the USA imposes tariffs on Korean cars as part of Trump's threat to protect domestic carmakers from global imports.

Trump told reporters here at the U.N. General Assembly that the talks are "moving very well" and that the two sides are making "tremendous progress", even though he had abruptly canceled a visit from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang earlier this month.

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However, James Schoff, a former senior adviser for east Asia policy at the Pentagon, now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: "Trump's claim that this is a new agreement is not accurate, since only a few portions of the original deal have been reworked (and they used the amendment process in Korus to get it done)". Kim requested a second meeting with Trump in a letter this month, and Trump says, "we will be doing that". But no American company sells much more than 10,000 cars a year in South Korea.

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"I expect I'll be travelling to Pyongyang before too long", he said.

Trump earlier this year bucked allies and removed the US from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, citing Iran's malign influence in the region and support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah.

Haspel reaffirmed the long-standing US intelligence view that North Korean officials see the country's nuclear weapons program as "essential to their regime's survival", noting that getting Pyongyang to change course will still be a tough sell.

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