U.S.-North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their meetings at Sentosa Island, Singapore on June 12. Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

Kim Yong-chol (left), North Korea’s top nuclear arms negotiator, with President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House on June 1. Photo: Tom Brenner/NYT

Kim Jong-un with South Korean President Moon Jae-in after signing a joint statement at Panmunjom, South Korea on April 27. Korea Summit Press Pool via AP. Photo: AP

A satellite image of North Korea's Yongbyon nuclear reactor. Photo: Digital globe/Reuters

If the Singapore summit witnessed a historic agreement on the “complete denuclearisation” of the Korean peninsula, it also showed that Pyongyang will not easily negotiate its strategic autonomy away.
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