May 14, 2019

North Korea demands the return of its seized ship

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images

North Korea demanded Tuesday the immediate return of a cargo ship seized by the U.S. — which it said violated the spirit of the Hanoi summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the state-run KCNA news agency reports.

Why it matters: The capture of the ship, the Wise Honest — which Pyongyang labeled "unlawful" — marked the first time the U.S. has seized a North Korean cargo ship for violating UN sanctions. North Korea warned it'd be the "biggest miscalculation" if the U.S. believed it could control it with force.

What's next? The vessel will be inspected in American Samoa, where it was brought Saturday, per AP.

Go deeper: How North Korea has "laundered" coal to undercut sanctions

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Trump goes full law-and-order

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President Trump's final decision to speak in the Rose Garden last evening as protests raged outside the gate was made only hours before, reflecting chaos on both sides of the fence.

Why it matters: Trump’s ultimate remarks fell where his instincts always were: blunt, brutal law and order, with extreme demonstrations of militarized “strength” and blustery threats.

Amid racial unrest, a test at the polls

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Eight states plus D.C. are holding primary elections today following a week of intense protests across the country over the brutal police killing of George Floyd.

Why it matters: It's the first major test for voting since the national outcry. Concerns over civil unrest and the police — as well as the coronavirus and expanded absentee voting — could reduce the number of voters showing up in person but heighten tensions for those who do.

Axios-Ipsos poll: America’s big racial divide on police, virus

Data: Ipsos/Axios survey; Note: ±3.2% margin of error; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

A new Axios-Ipsos poll finds that America has a massive racial gulf on each of our twin calamities — trust in police, and fear of the coronavirus.

  • 77% of whites say they trust local police, compared with just 36% of African Americans — one of many measures of a throbbing racial divide in Week 11 of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index, taken the week George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis.