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Kim Jong Un remains focused on reunifying Korea – on his terms. Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

It’s time to take Kim Jong Un and his nuclear threats seriously

A recent barrage of nuclear-capable missile tests and a change in law setting out the conditions for a nuclear strike show that North Korea’s leader is intent on reunification on his terms.
Kim Yo-jong: now widely thought of as a possible successor to her older brother Kim Jong-un. EPA-EFE/Jorge Silva

North Korea: the rise and rise of ‘first sister’ Kim Yo-jong

The increasing prominence of Kim Jong-un’s younger sister has prompted speculation about whether she is positioning herself for ultimate power in North Korea.
North Korea’s testing of two long-range cruise missiles was a provocative act – but a predictable one, too. Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

North Korea’s latest missile provocation was entirely predictable

North Korea has tended to ratchet up tensions when the U.S. is seen to be weak and when it feels it can yield greater concessions, a scholar explains.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the Korean demilitarized zone in June 2019.

Did Donald Trump ease tensions with North Korea?

Donald Trump avoided a major crisis with North Korea. But the North Korean nuclear issue remains unresolved as the country continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.

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