Trump ready to meet Kim; Russia accuses UK of 'propaganda'

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  • U.S. and North Korea to meet face-to-face – President Donald J. Trump announced that he’s willing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in person without preconditions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the goal of the meeting is denuclearizing the peninsula. The proposal followed discussions between delegations from North and South Korea, in the wake of the successful Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang. The rapprochement was announced by South Korean national security adviser, Chung Eui-yung (Washington Post).
  • Russian official says British spreading “propaganda” about poisoning incident – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the UK government has provided no concrete evidence that the Kremlin was behind an assassination attempt of a double agent on Sunday. He also referred to threats of possible British retribution as “propaganda” and that official channels are the only way a serious conversation can happen. British police announced that 21 people have been treated for exposure to a chemical nerve agent aimed at killing Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer who also spied on behalf of the UK. (The Guardian). (Read more from WikiTribune on this story.) 
    • Britain deployed 180 soldiers including chemicals experts to Salisbury to clear the town of potentially contaminated objects. Police said that the public should not be alarmed and Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave a statement in which she said Sergei and Yulia Skripal are still in a very serious condition.
  • Five Star negotiates Italian government deal – Five Star movement leader Luigi Di Maio said his party is drafting an economic plan with the goal of wooing other political parties who are skeptical of their anti-establishment agenda. Five Star won the most seats in parliament in Sunday’s Italian election, but needs to form a coalition in order to lead a government. (Read more from WikiTribune.)
  • UN official suggests that Duterte is mentally unstable – The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, said that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte may need a “psychiatric examination.” The personal attack comes after Duterte wanted at least six of his critics, including a UN investigator, designated as terrorists.

What we’re reading

  • “Overblown” is how this Politico op-ed described news of Gary Cohn resigning from Trump’s economic team. While an accomplished investment banker, the role of economic advisors is exaggerated, as they have no decision-making power, argues columnist Zachary Karabell. – Charlie Turner

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