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Kim defuses tensions, but South Korea awaits concrete steps

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) attend the Inter-Korean Summit dinner on April 27, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend the Inter-Korean Summit dinner on April 27, 2018, in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool via Getty Images

Over the course of the inter-Korean summit, the world witnessed the latest moves in North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's charm offensive.

Yes, but: It remains to be seen how the North is prepared to reduce the conventional military threat it poses to the South. The U.S. must hope the South hangs tough and refuses to offer economic incentives that reward the North for empty promises or to ignore American concerns about the North's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.