Korean missile crisis

Progress with North Korea stalled over Korean War declaration

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Before talks with North Korea can progress, the U.S. must officially declare the Korean War over, the New York Times' David Sanger and William Broad report.

The big picture: While President Trump has maintained that his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was a success, according to the Times, the regime is refusing to provide documents of its nuclear weapons, stockpiles, and production sites.

The big picture: How Kim Jong-un pivoted to diplomacy

Illustration of three white cups and one is raised up to reveal a weapon before a red background.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Last year, Kim Jong-un fired off threats about attacking the U.S. and launched increasingly threatening nuclear and missiles tests — but this year, Kim has been meeting with world leaders left and right after six years of isolation.

Why it’s working — so far: Kim has been using his meetings with Seoul and Beijing to keep Trump’s interest in the talks up, and he's been playing world leaders off each other.