U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that he expects to soon hold a second summit with Kim Jong-un as he returned to the United Nations with warm words for the North Korean leader whom he eviscerated last year.

Mr. Trump used his début address to the UN General Assembly 12 months ago to threaten to “totally destroy” North Korea.

Speaking as he arrived at UN headquarters in New York for this year’s gathering, Mr. Trump hailed “tremendous progress” in halting Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile tests and said that a year later it was a “much different time”. “It looks like we’ll have a second summit quite soon,” he told reporters.

“As you know Kim Jong-un wrote a letter — a beautiful letter — asking for a second meeting and we will be doing that,” added Mr. Trump, who met with Mr. Kim in Singapore in June.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — who has visited Pyongyang three times — will preside over a Security Council meeting on Thursday where he will brief members on how the administration can persuade the North to turn its back on nuclear weapons.

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