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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea's Kim mulls next move under cloud of 'disappointment'

Failed summit with Trump puts Pyongyang's whole strategy in jeopardy

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Hanoi on Feb. 28, before ending their summit early without a deal.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- North Korea's reaction to the collapse of its denuclearization talks with the U.S. in Hanoi betrays bewilderment and uncertainty about the way forward. On one hand, representatives of Kim Jong Un's regime have been talking tough. On the other, Kim's media mouthpiece has expressed his commitment to keep working with the Donald Trump administration.

This much is certain: The young dictator has a dicey decision to make.

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