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> It's where nuclear scientists are national heroes. Where ice monuments are built in honor of missile tests and the nuclear warhead is a treasured sword of justice. North Korea's nuclear propoganda has been built over decades by a dynasty who's wielded the nuclear narrative as a key part of regime power at home.
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Unraveling that story may be a challenge for North Korean leader, Kim Jung Un. If he pursues a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons. Reuters senior correspondent, Josh Smith, explains why.>> Given that North Korea has said that its nuclear weapons are for defensive purposes only. Analysts say that working to decide to give up all or part of his nuclear arsenal.
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He will be able to portray that as a peace making effort that would likely gain a lot of support. They warn that there are some military elites within North Korean government who could be opposed to any effort that would undermine the North Korea's long sought nuclear arsenal.>> South Korean envoys who met with Kim in Pyongyang this month quoted him saying he was committed to de-nuclearization.
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A claim repeated by Chinese officials who attended the secret summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing this week. But to do so, Kim would need to tread carefully at home and so far North Korean state media haven´t run that story, or anything on a planned meeting with US President Donald Trump.
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>> North Korean state media is highly controlled. And when they do report on going ons in the country, it usually comes after the government has made a move one way or another.>> Experts say the shift would be hard but not impossible. And getting rid of nuclear weapons could be a long process that could easily take a decade.
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That means time would be on Kim's side. Allowing him to sell the process to North Koreans over many years. Especially if Kim manages to get concessions from US President Donald Trump, like the removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula at a Summit slated to happen by the end of May.