Kim Jong-un, Michael Flynn, Stephon Clark: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing

Kim Jong-un, Michael Flynn, Stephon Clark: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing (Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.)
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
Photo Credit KCNA, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. Confident, reasonable, and willing to bargain.
Our correspondent says that’s the image North Korea’s young leader, Kim Jong-un, left, sought to project during a visit with President Xi Jinping in Beijing.
It was Mr. Kim’s first known trip abroad since taking power — and it could strengthen his hand going into talks with the U.S. Here’s how the Chinese and North Korean news media covered the meeting.
President Trump was quick to chime in. He posted on Twitter that Mr. Xi told him that the meeting went “very well” and that Mr. Kim “looks forward to his meeting with me.”
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Photo Credit Jonathan Ernst/Reuters 2. A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of pardoning two of his former top advisers, Michael Fly..

Ecuador Cuts Off Julian Assange’s Internet Access. Again.

Ecuador Cuts Off Julian Assange’s Internet Access. Again. Photo Julian Assange has lived at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden. Credit Ben Stansall/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Ecuador’s government said Wednesday that it had suspended internet access for Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who since 2012 has lived in Ecuador’s Embassy in London, out of concern that he was harming its relationships with Britain and other European nations.
The decision set off a furious reaction from some Assange supporters. One of them, Kim Dotcom, an online renegade who founded a file-sharing site, urged supporters to gather outside the embassy in protest. The filmmaker Oliver Stone wrote on Twitter: “Free Julian Assange! Restore his internet connection!”
Ecuador’s government granted Mr. Assange citizenship in January, the latest step in a longstanding diplomatic standoff. But it said it had suspended Mr. Assange’s online communications on Tuesday becaus..

North and South Korean Officials Meet at Border to Discuss Summit Meeting

North and South Korean Officials Meet at Border to Discuss Summit Meeting Photo Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister, crossed the demarcation line into North Korea at Panmunjom to meet with negotiators from Pyongyang on Thursday. Credit Pool photo/EPA, via Shutterstock SEOUL, South Korea — Senior negotiators from North and South Korea met on their countries’ border on Thursday to prepare for the summit meeting planned for late April between Kim Jong-un, the North’s leader, and President Moon Jae-in of the South.
The negotiators at Panmunjom, the so-called truce village that straddles the border, were expected to decide on a date for the meeting, and to discuss the agenda and various details.
Mr. Kim accepted Mr. Moon’s offer of a meeting early this month, part of a flurry of diplomacy around Pyongyang’s nuclear program that began with the North’s participation last month in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Mr. Kim also offered to meet directly with Presid..