Mar 15, 2019

North Korea threatens to halt denuclearization talks with U.S.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and President Trump at the Hanoi summit. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

North Korea might suspend denuclearization talks with the U.S. unless the administration changes its stance following last month's summit in Hanoi, the Washington Post reports.

What's happening: President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un left Hanoi without reaching a deal on sanctions against North Korea or denuclearization efforts in the country. Kim will make an official announcement soon on whether diplomatic talks will continue, per the Post.

The other side: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded to North Korea's threat of suspending diplomatic talks at a press conference on Friday, maintaining that "Chairman Kim made a commitment to denuclearize" and saying the Trump administration still hopes to continue the conversation.

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Texas oil regulators poised to debate historic production controls

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images

Texas oil regulators are likely to hold a hearing in April on whether to take the historic step to curb the state’s oil production amid a global market collapse fueled by the coronavirus.

Driving the news: Ryan Sitton, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees state oil production, told Axios that a hearing will likely be held soon in response to a renewed request earlier Monday from two oil companies to limit production as one way to stem the steep slide in global oil prices.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

Data: Axios reporting; Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued stay-at-home orders on Monday, with exceptions for residents engaged in essential services, including health care and government functions. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a similar directive on Monday evening.

The big picture: The states and territory are the latest to announce policies to enforce social distancing, which have affected almost 250 million Americans. More than 1.5 billion people worldwide had been asked to stay home as of last week.

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U.S. coronavirus updates: 3 out of 4 Americans forced to stay home

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

At least 30 state governors and the District to Columbia have ordered their residents to stay home to promote social distancing and limit community spread from the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: Those states account for about 3/4 of the American population, the N.Y. Times notes. More cities like Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia, are reporting an influx of cases, prompting states to take stronger actions.

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