Trump Pursues Trade Deals in Asia, Europe Amid Frostiness With China

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President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have signed the first major agreement of Trump's trade agenda. He says USA automobiles, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will gain better access to Korean markets. -South Korea free-trade agreement.

But while some world leaders are still reeling from Trump's deference to Putin in their summer Helsinki summit, there will not be an encore in New York: The Russian president is not expected to attend the proceedings.

White House remains concerned that North Korea is not making enough progress on denuclearization. He says USA automobiles, pharmaceuticals and agricultural products will gain better access to Korean markets.

"But given that many earlier incidents were seemingly provoked by human error, these measures are likely to save the lives of soldiers from both sides", he said. The South Korean leader also said he hopes the revised agreement with the US will help solidify their cooperation in other areas.

"As you know Kim Jong Un wrote a letter - a handsome letter - asking for a second meeting and we will be doing that", added Trump, who met with Kim in Singapore in June. "I am going to be meeting with Chairman Kim in the not-too-distant future". He says details will be announced "pretty soon".

Trump commented Monday in NY during an appearance with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Klingner has warned that Kim's flattery of Trump and Trump's appreciation of it are getting in the way of the need for real progress.

Moon, speaking through a translator, said the two countries had made "modifications" to the deal.

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He added the new deal would lower vehicle regulations, so the South Koreans can export more cars to the U.S.

The US started negotiations with South Korea a year ago, following Mr Trump's criticism of the 2012 deal as a "one-way street".

The U.S. has been asking North Korea to provide detailed information about its nuclear arsenal and facilities, but the North has refused to even discuss it, multiple sources told ABC News.

"I think it makes very appropriate reciprocal confidence-building measures", said Eric Gomez, a security analyst at the Cato Institute, a USA libertarian think tank.

"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. US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said last week the two had agreed to meet but said the meeting could take place later.

"It doesn't appear that the Moon Jae-in summit did much more than continue a kind of atmosphere and pageantry leading into President Trump's next summit", said Mike Green, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Trump will be joined by other populist leaders at the 73rd General Assembly, including Poland's President Andrej Duda and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte along with the foreign ministers of Hungary and Austria.

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