North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju visit the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang to plant trees with its students on the Tree-planting Day. Photo: AFP

Why do Singapore, Malaysia use kid gloves with nuclear-armed North Korea?

While the West says North Korea – nuclear-armed and dangerous – must be confronted sternly and directly, Asean member states are hesitant to upend decades of diplomatic relations, still hoping dialogue bears more fruit in the long run

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju visit the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School in Pyongyang to plant trees with its students on the Tree-planting Day. Photo: AFP
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