What North Korea’s Plenum now means for U.S. foreign policy
While a window of opportunity to turn things around remains, there is a very low chance it will be seized upon
Despite Kim Jong Un urging the U.S. to make a “resolute decision” on renewed talks before year’s end, the North Korean leaders’ self-imposed deadline expired on Tuesday night without sign of any eleventh-hour breakthrough.
The consequences were quickly spelled out when official DPRK state media revealed on Wednesday the conclusions of four days of high-level deliberations at December’s extraordinary plenum.
While the event fell short of articulating worst-case U.S. fears about the future direction of North Korean foreign policy, it nevertheless created a range of important concerns for what constitutes one
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