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All quiet on the East Asian front?

At heart is a fundamental difference between Pyongyang and Washington over what next steps are needed to build confidence.

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Mr Kim will likely remain wary about making concrete commitments on specific timeframes and would want to win further economic and political concessions from Mr Trump before any reduction in nuclear capabilities, let alone committing to full denuclearisation.

CHINA is making final preparations to host South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for a pre-Christmas trilateral summit. While the talks have a broad focus, North Korea may rise to the top of the agenda with Kim Jong-un threatening a major end-of-year...