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Have we actually dodged the threat of a nuclear war?

8 9 12

I’ve got some good news and some bad news: The good news is that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will meet on April 27 in the border village of Panmunjom to discuss political reconciliation and perhaps – finally – formally end the Korean War, 65 years after a truce ended hostilities. The historic summit will be the first time the two Korean leaders engage in face-to-face talks in a decade. The outcome of the summit is likely to impact Kim’s prospective meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump sometime in late May or June.

All these summits might not have been possible without Kim’s recent and dramatic U-turn. Last August, we came to the brink of a global nuclear war as Trump threatened to “rain down fire and fury” on North Korea due to Pyongyang’s missile tests. Since then, however, Trump’s policy on North Korea – which is based on increasing the economic pressure on the country while keeping diplomatic channels open – seems........

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