SEOUL: The recent drama between the United States and Iran has elements North Korea will find of great interest. From Tehran's perspective, the tensions must look like a story of a small, poor but proud country pushing against an incursive superpower, using asymmetrical means, and that superpower responding with a targetted but overwhelming force with a surgical strike on a national hero. Last week, the US government responded to Iranian provocations by killing top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, and Iran retaliated by declaring all US military personnel "terrorists" and launching attacks on US military installations in neighbouring Iraq. The Middle East tensions come at a time when some analysts are nearly ready to give up on the prospect of Washington and Pyongyang reaching a lasting agreement regarding the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula and the lifting of US economic sanctions. The two sides' recent attempts to sit down for negotiations, including the second Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un summit in Hanoi, amounted to little more. Since then, North Korea has said it is no longer interested in holding meetings that do not yield results. READ: Iran’s strikes on US bases in Iraq ‘calibrated not to cause casualties’: Expert The current conflagration with… Read full this story
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