Top News N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang ‘ready to discuss’ nuclear programme BBC News North Korea Said to Offer Direct Assurance It Will Discuss Denuclearization The New York Times Iran tells Trump he would regret dropping nuclear deal Reuters China bans exports to North Korea with potential dual use in weapons of mass destruction CNBC EAST ASIA N Korea-US talks: Pyongyang ‘ready to discuss’ nuclear programme BBC News4/9/18 North Korea has promised the US it is ready to discuss the future of its nuclear arsenal when the two nations’ leaders meet, US officials say. North Korea tells U.S. it is prepared to discuss denuclearization: source Reuters4/8/18 North Korea has told the United States for the first time that it is prepared to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets President Donald Trump, a U.S. official said on Sunday. North Korea Said to Offer Direct Assurance It Will Discuss Denuclearization The New York Times4/8/18 North Korea has told the United States that its leader, Kim Jong-un, is willing to discuss denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, administration officials said on Sunday, the first direct confirmation that he intends to participate in an extraordinary meeting with President Trump about his nuclear program. White House says North Korea has confirmed Kim will join summit with Trump Los Angeles Times4/8/18 U.S. and North Korean officials have engaged in secret back-channel talks and Pyongyang has committed to a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un that will touch on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, a White House official said Sunday. North Korea Ready To Talk About Denuclearization, U.S. Officials Say NPR4/9/18 Pyongyang has told Washington that it is ready to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump meet, a U.S. official has confirmed to NPR. Secret, direct talks underway between US and North Korea CNN4/7/18 The United States and North Korea have been holding secret, direct talks to prepare for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, a sign that planning for the highly anticipated meeting is progressing, several administration officials familiar with the discussions tell CNN. China bans exports to North Korea with potential dual use in weapons of mass destruction CNBC4/8/18 China’s Ministry of Commerce gave details of 32 materials, technologies and forms of equipment with potential use related to weapons of mass destruction, and outlined bans on items with potential dual use in conventional weapons. MIDDLE EAST Iran tells Trump he would regret dropping nuclear deal Reuters4/9/18 Donald Trump will regret it if he pulls out of the nuclear deal with Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, warning the U.S. president that Tehran’s response would be stronger than he thinks. OPINION AND ANALYSIS Understanding the Case for a Strike on North Korea: Brutality, Rationality and Deterrence The National InterestT. Negeen Pegahi 4/8/18 War with North Korea became more likely with the recent appointments of hawks John Bolton and Mike Pompeo as national security advisor and secretary of state. Bolton’s Illegal War Plan for North Korea The New York TimesScott D. Sagan and Allen S. Weiner 4/6/18 John Bolton will assume office Monday with his first controversy as President Trump’s national security adviser awaiting him. North Korea dangles ‘denuclearization’ like a hunter setting a trap The HillHarry J. Kazianis 4/9/18 With multiple reports breaking that North Korea is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, it seems all but certain that a summit will occur between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump. Or not. The other risk from Trump’s talks with North Korea The Washington PostJake Sullivan 4/6/18 What will happen if President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet? Many experts believe that a rushed and ill-prepared summit is likely to fail, prematurely discrediting diplomacy and putting us on a path to war.