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North Korea Crisis

US backs off from demanding quick North Korea denuclearization

Trump prioritizes diplomatic progress as November midterms loom

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump appears to have ditched his strategy of demanding that North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons program in one fell swoop, opting instead for a longer-term approach.

Trump, who on Friday announced that his June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would go ahead after a brief cancellation, now sounds open to multiple meetings. The plan seems to be to gradually work toward an agreement on the Kim regime's complete denuclearization while maintaining sanctions.

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