North Korea Releasing Americans Signals Kim Feeling Pressure

November 9, 2014 11:11 AM

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North Korea’s release of two detained Americans signals Kim Jong Un is responding to pressure from international sanctions over its weapons program and a probe of human rights violations, analysts said.

“The recent movement shows a change in Kim Jong Un’s regime,” said Koh Yu Hwan, a professor of North Korea studies at Dongguk University in Seoul. “Kim has changed his stance and has decided he cannot ignore the international opinion if he wants to ease the sanctions against North Korea.”

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