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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea demands Pompeo's removal in power play against US

Kim plans Russia visit and tests weapons to shake up stalled nuclear talks

North Korea insists Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's (far left) involvement would only "entangle" its denuclearization talks with the U.S.   © Reuters

SEOUL/MOSCOW -- North Korea is demanding the removal of the U.S. secretary of state from their denuclearization talks, part of Pyongyang's effort to ramp up pressure on Washington, as leader Kim Jong Un also plans his first trip to Moscow.

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