26 April 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will use the upcoming historic inter-Korean summit as an opportunity to rebuild his image to the outside world, according to a Singapore-based expert on North Korea, Wednesday.
He believes the primary purpose of Kim coming to the negotiation table is “propaganda,” which ultimately aims to earn sanctions relief.
“Kim wants to polish his international image,” Liang Tuang Nah, a research fellow of the Military Studies Program at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies, said in an interview.
The institute is a constituent unit of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
“Kim seeks to rehabilitate global perceptions of North Korea as a normal and respectable state, rather than a rogue nation led by a ruthless, abusive and totalitarian government,” he said.
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Last updated on 26/04/2018