- North Korea may be trying to reintegrate with the global community
- But Kim Jong-un could only be seeking a tactical advantage
- In the worst case, Mr. Kim is getting ready for an exit from power
As developments on the Korean Peninsula unfold, pundits and the press are struggling to assess the situation. While some rejoice in the newfound goodwill between North and South, others recall that both countries have been here before. It might help to take the same view that Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai (1949-1976) took when considering the events of 1968 in France: “It is too early to tell” what the outcome will be.
But while it may be too early to determine exactly why events are happening as they are and where they will lead, we can analyze the main causes.