By Daniel L. Davis
North Korea launched another round of projectiles into the sea off its east coast on Wednesday.
Many voices in Washington warned these "provocations" indicated a growing threat from Kim Jong-un's regime, but a sober assessment of the situation leads to a different conclusion: Kim is signaling his displeasure at a lack of diplomatic progress and wants to make a show of strength ahead upcoming negotiations.
Despite some symbolic diplomatic progress in the last two years, North Korea still languishes under severe international economic sanctions. Kim surely realizes they'll only be lifted if his reclusive regime negotiates with the United States and South Korea — and it's a negotiation he doesn't want to lose.
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