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North Korea Crisis

North Korea faces arduous road to US peace treaty

For starters, Kim would have to go the distance on denuclearization

North Korea's Kim Jong Un watches a missile launch in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency last September, when nuclear saber rattling was the name of his game.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is about to get a taste of high-stakes diplomacy, with the landmark inter-Korean summit set for Friday. His regime is expected to push for a peace treaty with South Korea and the U.S. that would ensure its own survival. But experts say the reclusive state faces a major test of its own will.  

Kim has been saying what the world wants to hear. Last month, he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that his country is "committed to denuclearization on the peninsula." He said this can be achieved through dialogue and called for "progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace."

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