North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could be laying a trap for the U.S. and the South with his apparent olive branches towards Seoul, analysts say, warning that Pyongyang’s ultimate goal is to divide their 70-year alliance. After months of high tensions over the North’s weapons ambitions — last year it launched missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and carried out its most powerful nuclear test to date, proclaiming it a hydrogen bomb — events have moved quickly in recent days. In his New Year speech, Kim said the country had completed its nuclear deterrent — Pyongyang says it needs to defend itself against a U.S. invasions — and he had a “nuclear button on my desk”. At the same time he made overtures to Seoul, saying Pyongyang could send athletes to the Winter Olympics the South is hosting next month and expressing a willingness to discuss the issue. It was a 180-degree turnaround for the North, which has long ignored South Korean President Moon Jae-In’s efforts to engage it. Since then the two sides have reopened a communications hotline and agreed to talks next week at Panmunjom, in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, while Washington has agreed… Read full this story
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