With the proposed June 12 summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in the balance, the Pentagon has made public a damning assessment of Kim"s regime that concludes its primary function is to ensure "perpetual Kim family rule" at the expense of the well-being of the North Korean people.
The Trump administration wants additional high-level talks with North Korea and assurances from Kim Jong Un that he is committed to giving up his nuclear program before next month"s planned historic summit in order for the meeting to go ahead, a senior administration official involved in planning for the talks told CNN.
Despite uncertainty surrounding the proposed summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, CNN"s Will Ripley reports that a small group of international journalists will be able to witness the dismantling of a North Korean nuclear test site.
The Trump administration is still moving forward with its plan to brief a pair of House Republicans on Thursday on a confidential intelligence source in the Russia investigation, but it is also planning a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" briefing on the matter next month.
CNN"s Erin Burnett says President Trump and friends have unleashed a "coordinated assault" on the Justice Department by pushing Trump"s conspiracy theory that the FBI planted spies in his campaign.