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How do you solve a problem like Korea?

Pyongyang has a rational strategy for survival

By Isabel Hilton   June 2017

Military might: North Korea’s army is expensive yet allegedly poorly equipped ©AP/Rex/Shutterstock

In February 2016, it seemed that China and the United States had reached the end of their tether with North Korea. The Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi agreed with the US Secretary of State John Kerry on a new UN resolution to tighten sanctions on Pyongyang. This was a reaction to two recent challenges: a nuclear test and a satellite launch. Since 90 per cent of North Korea’s trade is with China, which supplies everything from oil…

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