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International relations

Refusal to engage with North Korea risks nuclear terrorism

Rogue state's threats are designed to increase leverage with U.S. and China

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts after doing a test-fire of new cruise rocket in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency on May 30.   © Reuters

Moon Jae-in, the newly elected president of South Korea, takes over at a time when the geopolitical risks surrounding the Korean Peninsula have never been higher. U.S. President Donald Trump has set off a chain of events by suggesting the possibility of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. Undeterred, North Korea's young ruler Kim Jong Un has regularly tested missiles over the past month, albeit with mixed results.

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