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Kim's game of smoke and mirrors

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By Donald Kirk

It's not enough that North Korea should abruptly cancel South-North talks on military tensions and another long-awaited round of reunions of fast-fading families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War. Now we're not even sure Kim Jong-un will go through with his summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

It's hard to tell what will happen next in the era of fake news. Or, if fake news is a bit of a distortion, then misleading news. The most misleading story on the near horizon is the shutdown of North Korea's nuclear test site at Punggye-ri. Next week we'll witness, live on TV, destruction of the site in the mountainous northeast as evidence of Kim's willingness to talk about giving up his nuclear program when or if he sees Trump in Singapore on June 12.

The Punggye-ri site was already largely destroyed over the course of six nuclear tests, climaxed last September by the explosion of a hydrogen bomb. That blast caved in portions of the mountain into which North Korean engineers had planted it. Journalists invited to the scene should hear explosions blowing up some of the remaining tunnels whose doors will be sealed. Already,........

© The Korea Times