In the escalating war of insults, Trump is a ‘gangster fond of playing with fire’, Kim Jong-un a ‘madman’ who will be tested as never before. Yet such rhetoric can only add to Kim’s heaven-sent conviction that he alone can save humanity

Before trying to cow North Korea with military intervention, we need to understand what motivates Kim Jong-un. Dangerously for the US and its Asian allies, there is something missing from the west’s analysis of the “rogue state” and its ruling dynasty.

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