Chairman Kim Jong-un started off 2019 with a well-rehearsed New Year’s address, in which he utilized a less-formal and relaxed atmosphere – akin to FDR’s ‘Fireside Chats’ or Chinese President Xi Jinping’s New Year’s addresses – and wore a western-style business suit. In his address, Kim spoke of his diplomatic successes during 2018, his emphasis upon economic development, peace and reunification in the Korean Peninsula, and his desire to further a new relationship with the U.S. as well as to safely denuclearize.
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