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President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands prior to their meeting at the Akasaka Palace, the State Guest House on May 27, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Sumo, selfies, and nuclear relations: 5 top moments from Trump’s visit to Japan

President Donald Trump is currently on a state visit to Japan, where he has addressed Iran, North Korea, and US trade policy with PM Shinzo Abe.
U.S. President Donald Trump throws a football to U.S. First Lady Melania Trump during a joint news conference with Russia's President Vladimir Putin after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018.

Putin handed Trump a soccer ball during a joint press conference and said ‘the ball is in your court’

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave President Donald Trump a World Cup soccer ball during a joint press conference following their summit. Putin announced that he was giving Trump the ball in honor of the United States, Canada, and Mexico hosting the World Cup in 2026.
President Donald Trump answers questions during a press conference following his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un June 12, 2018 in Singapore.

Trump said he hopes to negotiate a ‘real deal’ with Iran following his summit with Kim

President Donald Trump told reporters following his summit with Kim Jong Un that he hoped he would also be able to negotiate a "real deal" with Iran. Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement last month, which has sent the agreement into a tailspin.

Here’s the moment President Donald Trump met Kim Jong Un for the first time — and gave North Korea everything it’s ever wanted

This is the first time any sitting US president has met the leader of North Korea. The photo, taken in front of American and North Korean flags, gives Kim Jong Un the legitimacy his regime has craved for decades.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets a member of the special delegation of South Korea's President at a dinner in this photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018.

US reportedly backs off new North Korea sanctions as talks about a future summit progress

The US has decided to push back additional planned sanctions against North Korea as the countries progress on talks of a future summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump. Trump has long emphasized the US commitment to a "maximum pressure" policy on North Korea,
People watch a TV report at Seoul railway station on May 25, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump-Kim summit looks to be back on track with US and North Korean officials meeting in the DMZ

US and North Korean officials are holding talks in the DMZ to continue planning a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump has said any summit will still most likely occur in Singapore on June 12. A "pre-advance team" will also head to Singapore.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) pose for photos in front of Bukhansan Peace House for the Inter-Korean Summit on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea.

Trump gave North Korea a big, legitimizing win even without the summit

By cancelling the June 12 summit, North Korea doesn't have to give up its nuclear program, it developed closer ties with China, and it gained a new level of legitimacy on the global stage. But Kim Jong Un still wants the ultimate prize: meeting a sitting US president.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets scientists and technicians in the field of researches into nuclear weapons in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 9, 2016.

Gold spikes after Trump scraps North Korea meeting

Gold rallied Thursday morning after President Donald Trump cancelled a meeting between the US and North Korea.
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea.

It doesn’t matter what happens if Trump’s Singapore meeting with Kim Jong Un goes ahead — North Korea will have won

Kim Jong Un wants legitimacy and can achieve that by meeting Donald Trump as his equal in Singapore on June 12. The summit will allow Kim to show he is a competent and equal world leader who can easily travel to meet the US president far from the Korean Peninsula.