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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: We’re starting to get a clearer picture of what the U.S. is demanding from North Korea ahead of their summit in June. Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined stringent conditions before the U.S. is willing to lift sanctions on Pyongyang including the transfer of nuclear scientists overseas, the destruction of nuclear data and so forth. Pompeo also said Kim Jong Un understands why his preferred phased and synchronized approach to denuclearization – the basis of past failed agreements – is unacceptable to Washington. National Security Adviser John Bolton said the North would n