Will the Kim ‘charm offensive’ diffuse crisis with North Korea?

Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un (Photo: Twitter)

North Korea expert Gordon Chang is not surprised the Western media swooned over Kim Jong Un’s sister at the start of the Olympics in Pyongyang, but he said this “political warfare” won’t change the big picture very much unless the South Korean president acts on his desire to undermine U.S. policy.

Over the weekend, media outlets from CNN and Reuters to the Washington Post and the New York Times lavished praise on Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, for her performance in South Korea. CNN said she was stealing the show. The Washington Post compared her to Ivanka Trump. Reuters and the New York Times said her wordless smiles outflanked Vice President Mike Pence in diplomatic effectiveness.

While the coverage appalled Americans and others familiar with the gulags and murderous repression of the Kim

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