What nuclear crisis? Why Pyongyang may be taking up Pakistan's playbook

WASHINGTON • For seven years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has pursued an in-your-face strategy for building his nuclear arsenal: detonating blasts underground and firing missiles into the sky, all to send the message that his country's nuclear build-up is irreversible.

Now he appears to be changing his approach, current and former US intelligence officials say, tailoring it to his reading of the man he met for a few hours three months ago in Singapore: President Donald Trump.

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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 'What nuclear crisis? Why Pyongyang may be taking up Pakistan's playbook'. Print Edition | Subscribe