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    Have Trump’s Ominous Hints Changed Kim’s Tone?

    They may have blinked. President Donald Trump has cryptically signaled his intentions toward North Korea, suggesting that Friday’s meeting with military leaders was the “calm before the storm” and tweeting Saturday that “only one thing will work” after Pyongyang’s nuclear agreement violations. Then North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, addressing his ruling party’s central committee, reportedly referred to nuclear weapons as a “powerful deterrent” to preserve sovereignty, while state media said he’d addressed a “complicated international situation” — seemingly de-escalating from direct attack threats and indicating to some that Trump’s brinksmanship isn’t so crazy.

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