Reclusive Kim Jong-un’s sudden softening has left the world baffled about his next move

Barely a few months ago, the world appeared to be on the brink of a nuclear war. In 2017, North Korea tested not only a nuclear bomb and 23 missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic prototype, but also the nerves of the international community watching on the sidelines.

In his six years in power, North Korea’s reclusive leader, Kim Jong-un, has tested more missiles than his father and grandfather combined, before abruptly stopping on November 28 with a final shot of a Hwasong-15.

As a result, his recent attempts to transition from strongman to statesman has left the world nervously second-guessing his next move.

Mr Kim’s warmongering tone switched suddenly to more peaceful overtures in…

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