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Key events in North Korea-U.S. ties during the Trump presidency

North Korea's Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week's U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. Here are some key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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North Korea's Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week's U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump...more

North Korea's Kim Jong Un awaits the winner of next week's U.S. presidential election armed with greater leverage in their high-stakes nuclear diplomacy thanks to a more powerful and versatile arsenal of weapons than at the start of the Trump presidency. Here are some key moments in U.S.-North Korea relations since Donald Trump came to office in January 2017. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Lincoln Feast.) REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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July 28, 2017: North Korea conducts a second Hwasong-14 ICBM test (pictured), two weeks after its first test-fire.

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July 28, 2017: North Korea conducts a second Hwasong-14 ICBM test (pictured), two weeks after its first test-fire. KCNA via Reuters

July 28, 2017: North Korea conducts a second Hwasong-14 ICBM test (pictured), two weeks after its first test-fire. KCNA via Reuters
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Sept. 3, 2017: North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technology.

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Sept. 3, 2017: North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technology. KCNA via REUTERS

Sept. 3, 2017: North Korea carries out its sixth nuclear test, claiming to have mastered hydrogen bomb technology. KCNA via REUTERS
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Sept. 19, 2017: Trump threatens to "totally destroy" North Korea; two days later Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard."

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Sept. 19, 2017: Trump threatens to "totally destroy" North Korea; two days later Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." KCNA via REUTERS

Sept. 19, 2017: Trump threatens to "totally destroy" North Korea; two days later Kim called Trump a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard." KCNA via REUTERS
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Nov. 29, 2017: North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power.

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Nov. 29, 2017: North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power. REUTERS/KCNA

Nov. 29, 2017: North Korea test-fires Hwasong-15 ICBM, capable of reaching the entire United States, and declares it has become a nuclear power. REUTERS/KCNA
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Feb. 25, 2018: North Korean official Kim Yong Chol (R) expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics, where he was seated near Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

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Feb. 25, 2018: North Korean official Kim Yong Chol (R) expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics, where he was seated near Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Feb. 25, 2018: North Korean official Kim Yong Chol (R) expresses willingness for U.S. talks while visiting South Korea for the Winter Olympics, where he was seated near Trump's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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June 12, 2018: Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guarantees.

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June 12, 2018: Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

June 12, 2018: Kim, Trump hold first summit in Singapore, agreeing to denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in exchange for U.S. security guarantees. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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June 19, 2018: South Korea and the U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercises.

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June 19, 2018: South Korea and the U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercises. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

June 19, 2018: South Korea and the U.S. announce suspension of joint military exercises. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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July 27, 2018: North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiers.

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July 27, 2018: North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiers. U.S. Army/ Sgt. Quince Lanford/Handout via REUTERS

July 27, 2018: North Korea returns remains of 55 U.S. soldiers. U.S. Army/ Sgt. Quince Lanford/Handout via REUTERS
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Sept. 9, 2018: North Korea displays ICBMs at military parade.

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Sept. 9, 2018: North Korea displays ICBMs at military parade. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Sept. 9, 2018: North Korea displays ICBMs at military parade. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
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Feb. 28, 2019: Trump and Kim end their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi without an agreement due to differences over demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief and by Washington for North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.

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Feb. 28, 2019: Trump and Kim end their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi without an agreement due to differences over demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief and by Washington for North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons. REUTERS/Leah...more

Feb. 28, 2019: Trump and Kim end their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi without an agreement due to differences over demands by Pyongyang for sanctions relief and by Washington for North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons. REUTERS/Leah Millis
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May 4, 2019: Kim supervises tests of rockets and a new short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) in first such tests since the November 2017 ICBM launch. Five days later, North Korea fires two KN-23 SRBMs (pictured). 

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May 4, 2019: Kim supervises tests of rockets and a new short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) in first such tests since the November 2017 ICBM launch. Five days later, North Korea fires two KN-23 SRBMs (pictured). KCNA via REUTERS

May 4, 2019: Kim supervises tests of rockets and a new short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) in first such tests since the November 2017 ICBM launch. Five days later, North Korea fires two KN-23 SRBMs (pictured). KCNA via REUTERS
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June 30, 2019: Trump and Kim meet for the third time in DMZ on the Korean peninsula.

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June 30, 2019: Trump and Kim meet for the third time in DMZ on the Korean peninsula. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

June 30, 2019: Trump and Kim meet for the third time in DMZ on the Korean peninsula. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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July 23, 2019: Kim inspects a large, new submarine, possibly designed for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM).

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July 23, 2019: Kim inspects a large, new submarine, possibly designed for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). KCNA via REUTERS

July 23, 2019: Kim inspects a large, new submarine, possibly designed for submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM). KCNA via REUTERS
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Aug. 24, 2019: Kim oversees the test of a new "super-large" multiple launch rocket system (MLRS).

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Aug. 24, 2019: Kim oversees the test of a new "super-large" multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). KCNA via REUTERS

Aug. 24, 2019: Kim oversees the test of a new "super-large" multiple launch rocket system (MLRS). KCNA via REUTERS
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Oct. 2, 2019: North Korea test-fires new Pukguksong-3 SLBMs.

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Oct. 2, 2019: North Korea test-fires new Pukguksong-3 SLBMs. KCNA via REUTERS

Oct. 2, 2019: North Korea test-fires new Pukguksong-3 SLBMs. KCNA via REUTERS
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March 21, 2020: Kim supervises test of new tactical guided weapon (pictured); Trump sends letter to Kim offering help on the new coronavirus.

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March 21, 2020: Kim supervises test of new tactical guided weapon (pictured); Trump sends letter to Kim offering help on the new coronavirus. KCNA/via REUTERS

March 21, 2020: Kim supervises test of new tactical guided weapon (pictured); Trump sends letter to Kim offering help on the new coronavirus. KCNA/via REUTERS
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Oct. 10, 2020: North Korea unveils a new ICBM and SLBM at military parade.

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Oct. 10, 2020: North Korea unveils a new ICBM and SLBM at military parade. KCNA via REUTERS

Oct. 10, 2020: North Korea unveils a new ICBM and SLBM at military parade. KCNA via REUTERS
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Oct. 22, 2020: Trump says he has a very good relationship with Kim and stopped war; Biden likens Kim to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler and calls him a "thug."

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Oct. 22, 2020: Trump says he has a very good relationship with Kim and stopped war; Biden likens Kim to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler and calls him a "thug." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Oct. 22, 2020: Trump says he has a very good relationship with Kim and stopped war; Biden likens Kim to Nazi Germany's Adolf Hitler and calls him a "thug." REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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