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The Waiting Game

28 February 2019

US President Donald Trump has walked away from the negotiating table with North Korea empty-handed following a two-day leaders’ summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, Vietnam. The meeting followed the historic 2018 summit in Singapore, with many hoping a second summit would result in a formal denuclearisation agreement between the two leaders. As the Hanoi summit ends without a deal, the world is left waiting to see precisely what will happen next.

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Kim-Trump: The On-Off Relationship

31 May 2018

In March 2018, it was announced that the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, was going to meet with US President Donald Trump. By early May, it was confirmed the highly anticipated summit would take place on 12 June in Singapore; however, within just a few weeks, the topic of denuclearisation doubt would be cast over the entire affair. After the North threatened to cancel the summit, Trump beat them to the punch in a statement citing the North’s ‘open hostility’ as the main reason for calling the talks off. Barely a week later, it appears the summit is back on again – this time with the possible addition of South Korea as a stabilising third-wheel. The to-and-fro has left many people scratching their heads wondering what will happen next.

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Pyeongchang 2018: Window of Opportunity

10 January 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics are due to commence in Pyeongchang, South Korea, next month, providing the Korean peninsula with a rare opportunity for constructive dialogue. One of the biggest talking points of the upcoming Games has been the possible participation of North Korea, and the potential ramifications if they do.

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North Korea: A Storm in a Teacup?

06 December 2017

Over the last year, the likelihood of nuclear war breaking out on the Korean peninsula has increased after the North Korean military escalated its nuclear and missile development programmes. Following a failed missile launch in March earlier this year, the North Korean military successfully fired its first medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan less than a month later. The missile was capable of carrying a nuclear warhead; however, North Korea was yet to develop nuclear warheads small enough to mount on. Verbal threats were exchanged in late-April when North Korean state media warned Australia they were running the risk of “coming within range of a nuclear strike” if they continued to align themselves with the US.

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