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Trump impatience could yet trigger war

US saber-rattling over North Korea remains a risk despite Pyongyang-Seoul talks

| North Korea
U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One upon departure from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Jan. 12.   © Reuters

Do the recent conciliatory talks between North and South Korea portend a new opening for diplomacy in the peninsula's security crisis, or is a U.S. military strike on North Korea, one with likely catastrophic consequences, still looming?

The respite created by the negotiations is a welcome, but almost certainly, temporary palliative. The upcoming Winter Olympics spurred U.S.  President Donald Trump to agree to postpone military exercises, which in turn helped enable successful North-South Korea diplomacy that resulted in North Korea's proposed participation in the games and a relaxation of tensions.

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