February 28, 2024
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North Korea finally faces facts — Koreas are separate states, not compatriots

Kim Jong Un spurns reunification in dramatic shakeup of inter-Korean policy, but don’t expect much else to change

Earlier this week, Kim Jong Un addressed a plenary meeting of the Korean Workers’ Party Central Committee. His speech, serving as a substitute for a traditional New Year’s address, was arguably the most important one the North Korean leader has delivered in years. 

Several announcements in the speech grabbed headlines: Kim said North Korea plans to launch three more spy satellites, and he called for the military to prepare for a potential war.

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