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

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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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