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The Risk of Kim Jong-un's New Year's Day Olive Branch

The Diplomat
January 4, 2018
By Ankit Panda

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has rung in the new year with a bang. After all, why wouldn’t he? Despite three rounds of sanctions resolutions against his country at the UN Security Council, Kim’s 2017 was a success. Not only did he oversee the successful launches of two new intercontinental ballistic missiles, bringing the U.S. homeland within range of his nuclear weapons, but North Korea also carried out its first test of a claimed thermonuclear weapon. Whatever the device was that North Korea tested under Mount Mantap in September 2017, it was the most powerful explosion on Earth since China set off the largest underground nuclear test. /
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