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As the Trump-Kim summit nears, little attention has been given to how the Kremlin views the situation. But Russia has a great deal at stake, as both a neighbor and a patron of North Korea.
'Secondary sanctions' on countries doing business with Iran helped bring that country to the table, say some analysts. But China's own concerns over North Korea likely outweigh any fears of lost trade with the US, say others.
To many abroad, the presidential election boiled down to two words: North Korea. But at home, where his predecessor's impeachment fed suspicions of widespread corruption, voters are looking to Moon to restore a sense of transparency and opportunity.
Economic reforms could improve living standards and enhance Kim Jong-un's power. But they could also threaten the regime's ideological foundations.
Even as the White House sends mixed signals over North Korea, Secretary Tillerson's visit to the UN could pave a path toward diplomacy. Dozens of countries with a hand in keeping the Kim Jong-un regime afloat could be part of the solution.
As tensions escalate on the Korean peninsula, China’s patience with the US is growing thin. But US Secretary of State Tillerson left his first official trip to Beijing without concrete steps on North Korea.
Analysts doubt whether Beijing is prepared to change its stance that the US should engage in direct talks.
The assassination risks unleashing far-reaching strategic consequences: a new US-China campaign against North Korea's illegal nuclear weapons program.
Since Seoul announced that it would deploy the American THAAD system to protect against North Korea’s growing nuclear threat, China has taken 43 retaliatory actions against South Korea, according to a government researcher.
On the campaign trail, President-elect Trump repeatedly challenged the status quo regarding key US allies, including NATO, Japan, and South Korea. But his actual intentions are unclear.
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