Kim Jong Un Is “All-In.” What’s Next for Korea?

This image made from video of an Aug. 14, 2017, still image broadcast in a news bulletin on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, by North Korea’s KRT shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un receiving a briefing in Pyongyang. North Korea said leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on his military’s plans to launch missiles in waters near Guam days after the Korean People’s Army announced its preparing to create “enveloping fire” near the U.S. military hub in the Pacific. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this photo. (KRT via AP Video)

There’s a dark purpose in Kim Jong Un’s proffered moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile testing announced over the weekend. Kim, with the apparent complicity of South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in, seeks to eventually merge his state into the South  – and drive out U.S. troops from the peninsula.

Most pundits thought Saturday’s nuclear announcement was aimed at President Donald Trump, ahead of the planned Kim-Trump summit in June. Pyongyang’s Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim Jong Un as saying his drive for nuclear weapons is “complete.” “We no longer need any nuclear tests, mid-range and intercontinental ballistic rocket tests,” he declared,  adding that the nuclear test site in the northern area of his country has also “completed its mission.”

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