June 17, 2021

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The looming deadline in nuclear talks: Kim’s three options before the year’s end

The DPRK leader wants a deal with the U.S., but he can fall back on Russia, China, and "Juche" should efforts fail

Kim Jong Un's end-of-the-year deadline for the U.S. to make a “resolute decision” in diplomacy with the DPRK seemed a long way away when it was first announced back in April.

But as 2019 draws to a close, tensions surrounding the deadline have heightened sharply, especially after a small war of nerves between North Korea and the U.S.