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Kim Jong Un - a master chess player in diplomacy?

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) and his wife Ri Sol Ju meeting Mr Song Tao, the head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's international department, in Pyongyang last Saturday. Mr Song was leading an art troupe to a spring festi
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (centre) and his wife Ri Sol Ju meeting Mr Song Tao, the head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's international department, in Pyongyang last Saturday. Mr Song was leading an art troupe to a spring festival in the North's capital.PHOTO: REUTERS

The North Korean leader is showing his guile by steering the reclusive state into a series of meetings with world leaders, all designed to give his government legitimacy.

With several deftly calculated moves, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has got the major powers exactly where he wants them.

Since declaring his country's nuclear programme complete last November, he has launched a charm offensive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Kim Jong Un - a master chess player in diplomacy?'. Print Edition | Subscribe