Pyongyang is trying to do an end run around Seoul and drive a wedge between South Korea and its ally the United States.
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Which is the title someone should use for a book on North Korea.
From the Los Angeles Times:
North Korea calls for high-level talks with U.S.
SEOUL -- The North Korean regime Sunday suggested a high-level meeting with the United States "to ease the tension on the Korean peninsula," less than a week after its scheduled working-level talks with Seoul were called off.
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