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Target USA -- Episode 158: The Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Target USA -- Episode 158: The Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam

Target USA Podcast by WTOP

Whether its terrorists, anarchists, cyber criminals or nation states, America has a target on its back. WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green investigates the threats facing the U.S., the people behind them, the agencies fighting them and their impact on Americans.

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President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un are meeting for the second time to try to put an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Former Special Envoy Joseph Detrani and the Nuclear Threat Initiative's Richard Johnson -- who've both worked on shutting down North Korea's nuclear program -- join us to tell us what needs to be done.

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