Isolated Kim Relies on Old North Korea Tensions Playbook

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Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un, center, visiting the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

Photographer: Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s military standoff against South Korea, with his threats to annihilate the government in Seoul, was not just about the loudspeakers blasting propaganda and K-pop tunes over the demilitarized zone.

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