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The Trump administration has lifted a ban on the U.S. military's use of anti-personnel land mines outside of the Korean Peninsula. In a statement released Friday, the White House said the ban — implemented under the Obama administration — interfered with the president's "steadfast commitment to ensuring our forces are able to defend against any and all threats."

The parents of Cincinnatian Otto Warmbier are praising proposed expanded sanctions against North Korea, saying their son would approve. The college student was imprisoned there and died shortly after being returned to the U.S. in 2017.

Fred Warmbier, right, listens as his wife Cindy Warmbier, speaks of their son Otto Warmbier, an American who died in 2017 after being released from North Korea.
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President Donald Trump says he and first lady Melania Trump hosted family and friends of former hostage Otto Warmbier at the White House last weekend.

The United States is trying again to persuade North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.

A senior U.S. official tells NPR that U.S. diplomats are communicating with the reclusive regime. They are passing messages through North Korea's mission to the United Nations in New York.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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North Korea insisted the U.S. agree to pay $2 million in medical costs in 2017 before it released detained Ohio college student Otto Warmbier while he was in a coma, a former U.S. official said Thursday.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signaled his impatience with the United States, saying he was willing to hold a third summit with President Donald Trump, but only if the U.S. comes up with mutually agreeable terms for a deal by the end of this year.

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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left their summit meeting on Thursday in Hanoi, Vietnam, without agreeing on a denuclearization deal. A planned signing ceremony was canceled.

The biggest sticking point was sanctions against North Korea, Trump said at a news conference Thursday afternoon local time. Kim is "totally" willing to dismantle nuclear weapons in key areas, such as the Yongbyon nuclear facility, but the North Korean leader wants all sanctions removed first, Trump said. "We couldn't do that."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is heading back to North Korea on Thursday to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other senior officials.

His mission: to flesh out the details of a vaguely worded joint declaration that Kim signed with President Trump in Singapore last month.

In that document, the U.S. pledges security guarantees for North Korea, while North Korea commits to "work toward a complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."

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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says direct communication, like the kind President Trump just had with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, might have saved the life of Cincinnati student Otto Warmbier. 

The president, in statements after his historic meeting with Kim, said the summit might not have happened if not for the death of Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months. Trump said the student, who returned from North Korea in a coma, "did not die in vain."

North Korean state media have reported that President Trump made a raft of concessions to Kim Jong Un that were not stated in the two countries' joint statement, following a first-ever meeting of the leaders in Singapore.

While the U.S. has yet to confirm the contents of the reports, they suggest that the two leaders reached more verbal agreements than they put on paper, and made public.

North Korea Summit

Jun 13, 2018
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At a historic meeting on Monday, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un signed an agreement in a closed door session in Singapore. The U.S. agreed to remove troops from the Korean peninsula if North Korea committed to denuclearization. While Trump described the meeting as a huge victory that only his administration could have achieved, others are skeptical of the outcome of this meeting.

Today, we look at what the agreement contains and the reactions of foreign nations to the summit's outcome.

Senator Sherrod Brown told WVXU today he hopes President Trump's on-again, off-again summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un takes place next month.

Brown, a Democrat running for re-election this year, says he hopes his bill to levy more sanctions on North Korea if they do not cooperate will be part of the leverage Trump can use if he sits down with the North Korean leader next month in Singapore.

President Trump offered assurances that North Korea would benefit from any deal it reaches with the U.S. regarding its nuclear program, amid uncertainty about whether negotiations between the two countries will actually take place.

North Korea has threatened to cancel talks between its leader Kim Jong Un and Trump scheduled for next month. Pyongyang said it viewed the joint military exercises held by the U.S. and South Korea as a provocation and that it would not give in to one-sided demands to give up its nuclear weapons.

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May 17, 2018
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Tuesday saw primaries in four states, including Pennsylvania, where four women emerged as the Democratic contenders for Congressional elections in November. Progressive Democrats also showed strength on Tuesday, and Republicans did not.

Join us as we look at these and last week's primary results and what they may signal for the midterms with Political Junkie Ken Rudin.

We will also discuss reported tension between Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump's aides, threats by North Korea to cancel the planned summit with Trump, and more.

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North Korea has released three Americans it had been holding captive, in a deal that was announced as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ended his visit to the isolated country. They left the country with Pompeo and will arrive back in the U.S. early Thursday, with an expected arrival between 2 and 3 a.m. ET at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. President Trump says he will meet them when they land.

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