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Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in. Photo: Inter Korean Press Corp/NurPhoto via Getty Images

A face-to-face meeting between North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in has been the centerpiece of a process in which the countries have exchanged concessions and promises in order to lay the ground work for a potential peace deal.

The big picture: Diplomacy with North Korea has failed several times before, and we're a long way from any denuclearization deal. But from stopping propaganda broadcasts to getting on to the same time zone, concrete steps have already been taken.

What's happening:

Before the inter-Korean summit:

  • South Korea stopped its broadcasting of propaganda critical of North Korea at their shared border [BBC].
  • North Korea announced a freeze on nuclear and missile tests [Axios].

After the summit:

  • North Korea announced it will switch its time zone by half an hour to get back on South Korean time, which it was on prior to 2015 [Japan Times].
  • The Koreas set up a joint permanent liaison office in the North’s border city, Kaesong, to prevent miscommunication. Kim has agreed to Moon’s proposal that they set up liaison offices in Pyongyang and Seoul as well [Yonhap].
  • North Korea has reportedly released three American detainees [Axios].

What to watch: Kim says the biggest pledge of all, denuclearization, is on the table. But that won't come without concessions from the U.S. in return. The U.S., meanwhile, will push for a way to verify he's keeping his word.

Go deeper: What it's like to negotiate with North Korea.

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Off the Rails

Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

Kids’ screen time up 50% during pandemic

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.

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