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North Korea Inches Toward Market Reforms, Expert Says

A man cycles past a railway in the Rason Special Economic Zone in North Korea on Nov. 21.. Photo: VCG
A man cycles past a railway in the Rason Special Economic Zone in North Korea on Nov. 21.. Photo: VCG

The North Korean government under Kim Jong Un is increasingly accepting and adopting market reforms, an academic at a top South Korean government think tank said.

South Korea’s isolated northern neighbor has in recent months surprised observers with unprecedented displays of diplomacy, including agreeing to a historic inter-Korean summit in April, and a planned meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in May.

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