Kim Jong-un leads the diplomatic dance on the Korean Peninsula, but the Iran deal’s failure could imperil negotiations 

It may only be Wednesday, but the Korean Peninsula is already in the throes of another burst of potentially history-altering diplomacy, and Kim Jong-un appears to be leading the charge.

The past 24 hours has seen the North Korean leader take a surprise walk along a southern Chinese beach with President Xi Jinping, only to swiftly return to Pyongyang in time for a second visit of Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state.

“I think the Kim meeting with Xi is not directly related to the Pompeo visit, but is certainly connected to the overall shifting geopolitical landscape on the Korean Peninsula,” Bonnie Glaser, senior adviser for Asia at the DC-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies,…

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