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The Week Ahead: North Korea conciliatory, Iran holds humdrum vote

The Week Ahead: North Korea conciliatory, Iran holds humdrum vote

North Korea: Baby steps back from the brink Wednesday, June 12 – After more than a month of ominous silence that followed threats to launch nuclear weapons, North Korea appears to be making modest motions toward easing tensions on the divided peninsula. Pyongyang broke its self-imposed radio silence last week in proposing a low-level meeting with South Koreans at Panmunjom on Sunday. The regime of neophyte leader Kim Jong Un also restored an emergency communications line it had unilaterally severed in March, a move seen as a goodwill gesture toward returning to a more normal state of relations between north and south. Kim’s government was outraged by U.S.-South Korean...

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