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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks with U.S. President Donald Trump during a break in talks at their summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Needs a Real Deal, Not a Trump Special

The Hanoi summit can be a step forward—if both sides commit.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) offers a silent prayer during the 73rd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Aug. 6, 2018. (JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)

In Trump’s World, Nukes Are Self-Defense

As the Japan-U.S. alliance weakens, could Tokyo drop its nuclear weapons ban?

The Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington on Jan. 8 before a hearing for his lawsuit against the government of Iran. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

An American Captive in Iran

On the podcast: The Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian recounts his grueling 18 months in an Iranian prison.

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is greeted by senior North Korean officials at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang on July 6, 2018. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. to Ease Limits on Humanitarian Aid to North Korea

Aid groups welcome the move, but it’s not likely to unlock stalled nuclear negotiations.

Children gather around a stainless steel can of soy milk at a day care in Tongchon, North Korea, on Dec. 3. (John Lehmann for First Steps)

Washington Wants Pyongyang to Choose: Humanitarian Aid or Nukes

The United States is hampering some aid groups from fighting tuberculosis and other diseases in North Korea.

Donald Trump talks with journalists during a rally against the Iran nuclear deal in Washington on Sept. 9, 2015. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump’s Punk Rock Nuclear Policy

The only reason to pull out of the INF Treaty is to give a middle finger to the world.

John Bolton, the national security advisor to the U.S. president, gives a press conference in Moscow on Oct. 23. (Yuri Kadovnov/ AFP)

Would INF Withdrawal Recreate a Nuclear Hair-Trigger World?

Junk enough arms control treaties, and the Cold War balance of terror will reign once again—this time with China in the mix.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on May 31. (Valery Sharifulin/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Report Details How North Korea Evades Sanctions

But a feud between Russia and the U.S. has kept the document from being published.

A satellite photo from September 16, 2004 depicting what South Korean officials described as "mushroom-shaped clouds" over North Korea's remote northeastern region. (LEE JONG-CHUL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Your Mission Is to Keep All This From Collapsing Into Nuclear Hellfire’

An open letter to Donald Trump's new North Korea envoy on how to avoid Armageddon.

Iranians walk past a mural in Tehran on Aug. 8. (Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Maximum financial pressure might be enough to force new nuclear talks.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei adjusts his eye glasses after voting at a polling station in Tehran on March 14, 2008. (BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Throwing a Tantrum but Wants a Deal

Despite its defiant warnings, Tehran will eventually negotiate with Donald Trump—as long as Vladimir Putin mediates.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol at the White House on June 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Washington Has to Learn Pyongyang’s Rules

Negotiating with North Korea is a tricky game, and the United States is already behind.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. in December 1987. (AFP/Getty Images)

When Ronnie Met Mikhail​

On our podcast: As Trump sits down with Putin, we look back at a summit in Reykjavik that helped end the Cold War.

Donald Trump answers a final question while departing a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un June 12, 2018 in Singapore. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Trump Has Nobody to Blame for North Korea but Himself

The president's pivot to "strategic impatience" has made an already difficult task substantially more so.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and aides in Pyongyang on July 6. (Andrew Harnik/AFP/Getty Images)

The Singapore Honeymoon Is Over

Trump in Singapore was spectacle. Pompeo in Pyongyang is the grim reality.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (R) and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (L) walk together after announcing a joint statement near the end of their historic summit at the truce village of Panmunjom on April 27, 2018. (KOREA SUMMIT PRESS POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

If Anyone Gets the Nobel, It’s Moon and Kim

Koreans deserve the credit for peace on the peninsula, not Trump.

A man watches a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 16, 2018. (JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

North Korea Is Following the Saddam Hussein Playbook

The big question for the world is whether the United States will now follow its old Iraq playbook, too.

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The Twisted Timeline of Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

How "Little Rocket Man" and the "deranged dotard" trod a path from insults to handshakes.

North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on Feb. 2. (Zach Gibson/Pool/Getty Images)

North Korea Is a Human Rights Disaster. Trump Shouldn’t Turn a Blind Eye.

The United States has a moral responsibility and pragmatic imperative to keep rights violations on the table at the Singapore summit.

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