Jan 10, 2018

Trump open to talks with North Korea “under the right circumstances”

People watch TV at a railway station in Seoul. Photo: JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump told South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a call on Tuesday that he remains open to holding talks with North Korea “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances,” according to the White House readout of their call.

Why it matters: Trump’s stance has generally been that he's unwilling to talk with the regime until it eases up on its nuclear program. This shows Trump may be a step closer to accepting talks, but what exactly Trump meant by “under the right circumstances” wasn’t immediately clear, and could very well still include that same demand that the North abandon its nukes, which it has previously said it will never do.

This comes just after South Korea tried discussing military issues with the North in face-to-face meetings earlier this week, and North Korea expressed took nukes off the table. The North Korean chief delegate at the meeting, Ri Son Gwon, said the weapons are pointed exclusively at the U.S.

Go deeper: What North Korea wants from the U.S.

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FBI to investigate death of black man after video shows officer kneeling on neck

A man protesting near the area where a Minneapolis Police Department officer allegedly killed George Floyd. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI will investigate the death of a black man for possible civil rights violations after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the man's neck for several minutes, ignoring protests that he couldn't breathe, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The big picture: The man, identified as George Floyd, was being arrested for alleged forgery and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to a police press conference Monday night. Police say he resisted arrest before suffering from “medical distress."

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Pentagon watchdog sidelined by Trump resigns

Fine testiying before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2017. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Glenn Fine, the Pentagon's principal deputy inspector general, submitted his resignation on Tuesday.

Why it matters: President Trump removed Fine as the Pentagon's acting inspector general in April 7 after a group of independent federal watchdogs selected him to lead the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, which was set up to oversee the rollout of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill.