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North Korea’s artful long game

Kim Jong-un knows what he's doing. The US must seize the initiative

By John Swenson-Wright  

The Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang, North Korea © Joseph Ferris III

Listening in Seoul to North Korea’s threats to attack the US and its Republic of Korea (ROK) ally, there is an urgent need to understand the motives of the Pyongyang administration. What are the intentions of Kim Jong-un, the new 29-year old leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and the officials close to him? As the North’s rhetoric becomes more strident and seemingly uncompromising,…

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