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North-South rapprochement still a tenuous one

Trump knows it would be wise to bring others on board if the screws are to be tightened on Pyongyang, but his regional allies fear destabilising the hermit state.

A Seoul official checks the direct communications hotline with Pyongyang at the border village of Panmunjom, South Korea.

TUESDAY sees the, previously unanticipated, resumption of high-level bilateral talks between North and South Korea, the first such discussions since 2015, and the latest evidence of a surprise mini-rapprochement.

Following spiralling tensions in the peninsula last year over the North's...