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Aug 10, 2019 | 14:38 GMT

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U.S., North Korea: Trump Says Kim Wants to Meet Again When U.S.-South Korea Drills End

What Happened: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Aug. 10 that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would like to meet again and resume denuclearization talks as soon as joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises end, Reuters reported.

Why It Matters: North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles early on Aug. 10, part of a series of short-range missile launches the past few weeks. The latest launch came a few hours after Trump said he had received a letter from Kim — a signal perhaps from the North Korean leader that long-delayed working-level talks could resume soon. More North Korean missile launches are probable because the North Korean military is conducting its own summer drills and Pyongyang wants to demonstrate force as a response to the U.S.-South Korean exercises.

Background: Trump and Kim agreed at a June 30 meeting at the Korean Demilitarized Zone to revive stalled negotiations. The two leaders have met three times.

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