International Edition 1305 EDT

August 22, 2018 01:05 PM
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Two former close associates of U.S. President Donald Trump have turned out to be guilty of serious crimes. On Tuesday, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, while Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight crimes. Analysts say the two cases reveal corruption at the core of Trump's circle although the legal actions may not have an immediate effect on his loyal base. VOA also looks at how the news may affect the US political landscape. Plus, In a Reuters interview Monday, President Donald Trump said he believed the North had taken specific steps toward denuclearization and he would 'most likely' meet again with Kim Jong Un as it did in Singapore in June. However, the North appears to be separating plutonium for use in nuclear weapons and producing highly-enriched uranium.