South Korean peace activists carry the Flag of Korean Peninsula Woohae Cho/Getty Images

From PyeongChang to Peace?

Since coming to power in 2011, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been committed to two parallel goals: a robust nuclear weapons program and economic development. With the first goal ostensibly achieved, Kim is now attempting to chart a path toward the second, by launching a charm offensive toward the South.

SEOUL – After some two years of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula, the reprieve, however brief, that the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South Korean city of  PyeongChang promises to bring is more than welcome. But, with some military experts estimating that the probability of war now surpasses 50%, complacency is not an option.