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News Wrap: Quitting Iran deal won’t jeopardize Kim Jong Un meeting, says Trump

In our news wrap Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed for North Korea to finalize a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un. He's also expected to push Pyongyang to release three Americans. Also, the president's nominee for CIA director pressed her case ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.

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  • William Brangham:

    In the day's other news, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed for North Korea to finalize a planned summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un. He said he also means to push Pyongyang to release three Americans. President Trump disclosed Pompeo's trip as he announced the U.S. is quitting the Iran nuclear deal.

    He said that that action will not threaten the Kim meeting.

  • President Donald Trump:

    Plans are being made, relationships are building. Hopefully, a deal will happen, and with the help of China, South Korea, and Japan, a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone.

  • William Brangham:

    The president also spoke by phone today with Chinese President Xi Jinping. That came as Xi met with Kim Jong-un in Southern China. The Chinese quoted Kim as saying the North doesn't need nuclear weapons, if, in his words, a relevant party drops its hostile policy and security threats.

    President Trump's nominee for CIA director pressed her case today, ahead of her Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow. Gina Haspel made the rounds on Capitol Hill. She faces questions about her role in the interrogations of terror suspects after the 9/11 attacks.

    Meanwhile, Republican Richard Burr, the Senate Intelligence Committee chair, rejected Democrats' demands for secret records on Haspel's career.

    In Armenia, Parliament elected opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan to be prime minister, after weeks of unrest. Ruling party lawmakers had rejected his initial bid last week, but they reversed themselves to quell mass protests against corruption. Thousands of Pashinyan supporters, draped in white, cheered and danced in the capital's center square.

    Back in this country, U.S. senators voiced concern that the Army Corps of Engineers is leaving Puerto Rico next week, nearly eight months after Hurricane Maria. The U.S. territory's state-owned utility will take over restoring power, despite facing bankruptcy and corruption allegations.

    At a Senate hearing today, the agency's new CEO said his work force will do their best.

  • Walter Higgins:

    It's going to be a challenge. And we're probably going to get some help via the FEMA for that. But our people feel they are ready. And FEMA is going to give us some additional augmentation as we go through that transition.

  • William Brangham:

    Officials say power has been restored to about 95 percent of the island. Still, some 22,000 people have yet to get their power back.

    Nearly 30,000 nurses, pharmacists and radiologists joined a three-day strike against the University of California today. They're supporting custodians, cafeteria workers and gardeners across the university's 10 campuses who are picketing for higher wages. The walkout forced the system's five medical centers to reschedule thousands of appointments and surgeries.

    And Wall Street had a sluggish day. The Dow Jones industrial average gained not quite three points to close at 24360. The Nasdaq rose one point, and the S&P 500 slipped a fraction.

    Still to come on the "NewsHour," the world responds — we talk to a critical senator, hear the State Department's view, and sit down with a former Israeli prime minister; and New York's attorney general, seen as a leader in the MeToo movement, now accused of abuse himself; plus, much more.

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