Kim Jong Un's new diplomacy: Miracle or mirage?

The cigarette stuck between his fingers has disappeared, his wife is suddenly a more visible first lady, and his media apparatus has shed the habitual insults and display of missiles.

In just a few months, Mr Kim Jong Un has engineered the most extraordinary makeover of both his persona and his regime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 27, 2018, with the headline 'Kim Jong Un's new diplomacy: Miracle or mirage?'. Print Edition | Subscribe