North Korea looks South and beyond

Reclusive state, with a growing middle class hungry for a better life, looks to the outside world as it shifts focus to economic development

It's the economy, stupid!

This Bill Clinton mantra for the 1992 United States presidential election campaign can surely be adopted as well by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who is pivoting towards the economy, away from nuclear and missile testing.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 18, 2018, with the headline 'North Korea looks South and beyond'. Print Edition | Subscribe