Independent Strategy

Kim in the shopping mall

Kim Jong Un has proven to be an adept diplomat, turning the risks of developing an operational nuclear deterrent into the foundations for a push for peace and security on the peninsula. Success would effectively guarantee him his primary objective — regime survival. It may in fact go one better, allowing North Korea to go all in and pursue its own development strategy, similar to the path China trod during the 1990s and early 2000s.

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