Sep 19, 2018

U.S. ready to restart negotiations with North Korea

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Photo: Deng Min/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

Following the announcement that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to "permanently dismantle" his main nuclear complex, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. "is prepared to engage immediately in negotiations to transform U.S.-DPRK relations," and has invited North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho to meet him in New York City next week.

Why it matters: This comes after President Trump had directed Pompeo to cancel his August trip to North Korea, saying the country was not "making sufficient progress with respect to denuclearization." But yesterday, Kim promised South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he would close his country's main nuclear site, adding that he'd only do so if the U.S. takes "corresponding measures." Pompeo's response shows that the Trump administration is willing to resume working with North Korea toward denuclearization.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.