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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and President Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their first summit in Singapore last year. North Korea says preparations for a second summit are underway. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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In this Dec. 12, 2012, file photo released by Korean Central News Agency, North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. In 2018, North Korea's government said it would destroy the facility. KCNA via AP hide caption

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A Week Of Big Gestures But No Movement As Shutdown Nears 1-Month Mark

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A sedan, believed to carry North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leaves a train station with a convoy in Beijing. Kim is making a four-day trip to China in what's likely an effort to coordinate with his only major ally ahead of a summit with President Trump that could happen early this year. Ng Han Guan/AP hide caption

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The flag of North Korea waves inside the compound of the North Korean embassy in Rome. North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy, Jo Song Gil, went into hiding with his wife in November, according to South Korea's National Intelligence Service. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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South Korean journalist and former North Korean defector Kim Myong Song speaks at a cafe in Seoul. The government's decision to ban him from covering an inter-Korean meeting raised concerns about press freedom. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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For A North Korean Defector Turned Journalist, Warming Ties Are Cause For Worry

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tells NPR that the U.S. remains committed to the Kurds, American allies in the Syrian war, even as the U.S. plans to withdraw troops from the country. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Despite Remaining ISIS Threats, Pompeo Says U.S. Made 'Caliphate In Syria Go Away'

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a celebration for scientists and engineers who contributed to the nation's latest nuclear test. KCNA /Reuters hide caption

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Open Scientific Collaboration May Be Helping North Korea Cheat Nuclear Sanctions

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National Security Adviser John Bolton speaks during a White House news briefing in October. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Transcript: NPR's Interview With National Security Adviser John Bolton

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Satellite images reveal tunneling and other construction activity at two sites believed to house long-range missiles. D Schmerler/MIIS/PlanetLabs hide caption

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North Korea Seen Expanding Missile Base

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The interior of the DMZ train, a three-car tourist train. It is decorated with words such as "love," "peace" and "harmony," in several languages. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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South Korea Sends 1st Train In Plan To Reconnect With North

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President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a declaration in June, but the vague language may be hampering further negotiations. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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North Korea Denuclearization Plan Has Gone Nowhere Since Trump-Kim Summit

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