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    Will Kim Jong Un’s Saber Rattling Come Back to Bite Him?

    The Hermit Kingdom’s chubby leader applauded the launch of a long-range rocket last Sunday, raising eyebrows — and anger — in Beijing, Washington and Seoul, where leaders fear North Korea aims to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles. The U.N. condemned the move, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to impose tougher sanctions, and additional Patriot missiles to defend the South are on their way. Kim’s also ruffling feathers by expelling southerners from the joint Kaesong industrial zone and executing some of his military leaders, which is raising questions about his stability.

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