Sep 20, 2018

Kim Jong-un wants another summit with Trump

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Photo: Pyeongyang Press Corps, Pool/Getty Images

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told reporters Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would like a second summit with President Trump "at the earliest convenience in order to speed up the denuclearization process," reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: Moon just returned from a three-day summit with Kim in North Korea, during which they announced several agreements, including a pledge by Kim to allow international verifiers into the country and dismantle a key nuclear site if the U.S. takes "corresponding steps." Kim also requested that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visit North Korea and called for an official end to the Korean War by the end of the year.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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