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North Korea: a high-stakes game of chicken

Trump must avoid escalatory rhetoric

By Cristina Varriale  

The military parade in Pyongyang ©Jörn Petring/DPA/PA Images

The lack of a coherent US policy on the North Korean nuclear and missile programmes is causing great uncertainty on the Korean peninsula. Since taking office in January, President Donald Trump’s administration has amplified tensions in a region that is home to a dictator committed to owning a credible nuclear arsenal.

On 15th April, all eyes were on North Korea. It paraded its military strength through the streets of Pyongyang on the Day of the Sun—a celebration of the anniversary of the birth of…

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