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2. Trump to meet world leaders at UN General Assembly

US President Donald Trump will meet world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.

The White House announced on Thursday that President Trump will give his speech at the Assembly on Tuesday, the official opening day of the annual debate. He will chair a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday to discuss non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Trump is scheduled to hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on the sidelines of the UN event. The leaders are expected to discuss how to deal with North Korea in the stalemated US-North Korea talks over its denuclearization.

Trump is also scheduled to have talks with French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They are expected to discuss the situation in Syria as well as Iran. The United States imposed economic sanctions on Iran last month.

Observers say Trump is hoping to demonstrate his diplomatic leadership ahead of the US midterm elections in November.
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