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Denuclearization in North Korea is the only way forward

Plan for self-sufficient development shows country is headed in wrong direction

There is no doubt that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s real intention is to meet with the new U.S. president.    © Reuters

North Korea's first Workers' Party Congress in five years reflected the predicament of leader Kim Jong Un, now in his 10th year in power. In a bid to consolidate the regime, he assumed the post of general secretary, the same position held by his father and grandfather. He has also announced plans to increase the country's military capabilities and revive the economy through self-sufficiency measures, suggesting he is in danger of becoming reactionary and inward-looking.

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