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Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues.
North Korea: Unsurprisingly, the accounts of the landmark meeting between Kim Jong Un and South Korean envoys differ markedly north and south of the DMZ. North Korean state media did not confirm any of the breakthroughs being touted by Seoul – namely, that Kim expressed a willingness to give up his nuclear program if North Korea’s security could be guaranteed, that Pyongyang understood South Korea’s need to continue joint drills with the U.S., and that the Kim regime would refrain from additional nuclear or ballistic tests while talks with the U.S. were ongoing. A separate report goes so far as to say tha