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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, shakes hands with U.S. President Donald Trump during their historic summit at the Capella Singapore hotel on Sentosa Island on Tuesday.
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Why North Korea's priority isn't its underdeveloped economy

Jun 12, 2018
North Korea's relationship with the U.S. is not about "aid or even investment," according to Leon Sigal, director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump sign documents as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) and Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, look on at a signing ceremony during their historic U.S.-North Korea summit.
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Korean leaders pledge denuclearization, but avoid specifics

Apr 27, 2018
In a historic moment, North and South Korea have pledged there will be "no more war."
North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) exchange documents during a signing ceremony near the end of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on Friday. The leaders of the two Koreas held a landmark summit after a highly symbolic handshake over the Military Demarcation Line that divides their countries, with the North's Kim Jong Un declaring they were at the "threshold of a new history.

Is a troubled economy driving North Korea to the table?

Mar 9, 2018
Yesterday’s surprise announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet with President Donald Trump for denuclearization talks raises a lot of questions. Most importantly: Why now? The Trump administration, along with the international community, has recently ratcheted up economic sanctions against North Korea. While it’s clear those sanctions have done some damage to […]