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The sustained pace of missile launches may serve as a distraction to focus the North Korean people’s gaze on the external enemy rather than their own distress and the government’s role in it.
It has long been a dream of South Korean President Moon to formally end the war with the North, but analysts caution the idea may not be strategically sound or politically feasible.
Pyongyang last cut off the hotline in August after joint U.S.-South Korea military drills. The move comes amid a series of weapons tests by the North.
North Korea says it will shut down all cross-border hotlines with the South at noon on Tuesday. Kim Jong Un's sister had threatened to cut ties over Seoul's failure to stop activists from sending leaflets across the border.
The second Trump-Kim summit is bound to have serious implications for the future of diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.
It’s the first follow-up summit between North and South Korean leaders, but will it yield anything of substance?