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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the first congress of the country's ruling Workers' Party in 36 years, in Pyongyang, North Korea

Does this week’s development on the Korean Peninsula portend a peaceful resolution or the setup to a Red Wedding?

I’ve equated the sudden shift from impending military clash to unexpected diplomatic engagement as a Korean Game of Thrones. But does this week’s development portend a peaceful resolution or the setup to a Red Wedding?

The U.S. should be willing to go down the engagement path once again. But it must keep its eyes open, its shield up, and its sword sharp. The season of reduced tensions and engagement is at hand, but winter may be coming back.

Bruce Klingner, The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow for Northeast Asia, previously served as the CIA’s deputy division chief for Korea.

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