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Why 2017 Was Kim Jong-un's Year

The contest between North Korea forcing the United States to accept its vulnerability to a nuclear North Korea and US efforts to mobilize the international isolation of North Korea to force Kim to reverse course will spill over into 2018. Both sides will remain deadlocked despite North Korea having achieved almost all the capabilities necessary to reach the United States with a nuclear strike.

The situation will likely become even more dangerous in time as both sides redouble their efforts in order to claim victory and avoid the possibility of a sudden death shoot out.

Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the author of South Korea at the Crossroads: Autonomy and Alliance in an Era of Rival Powers.

This article is part of an EAF special feature series on 2017 in review and the year ahead, where this first appeared.