“Now it is the Kim regime holding out. It is a well-established tactic for the North Koreans, at times treating even low-level engagement as a reward, said Daniel Russel, the top State Department official for Asia during the Obama administration.

“‘They make you work for it, sweat for it, and ultimately beg for it, so that when they do at some point sit down, you already owe them big time,’ said Mr. Russel, who is now a vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute…”

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