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Kim Jong-un has realised there’s a benefit to behaving badly

The North Korean leader has realised bad behaviour gets attention. If Trump wants to push back against Pyongyang's weapons program, he needs to stop giving it to him

By Jean H Lee   November 2017

Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un? Graffiti in Wien. Photo: Wikimedia commons/Bwag

Standing next to me at a military parade in Pyongyang, the North Korean government official was jovial despite the bone-chilling December fog. Just days earlier, scientists had tested missile technology by firing a satellite into space in defiance of the UN Security Council. The bureaucrat was nonplussed by the prospect of UN sanctions. In fact, he was downright buoyant. “A good future lies ahead,” he portended. Continued provocations, I told him, would only draw further punishment. “Unless we…

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