State of the Union: Letters from around the world

Knock Knock:

North Korea cracks down on pastor and Korean War veteran, soon jailed for ‘anti-state’ crimes.

Suu Kyi – Myanmar’s civilian leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner – sees her critics riled by her aggressive campaign against minority Rohingya Muslims.

The White House announces that Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed to hold talks during the spring.

A man arrested in the United States on suspicion of assaulting a transgender woman outside a restaurant at a New York art show awaits charges.

The two countries are set to begin annual joint military exercises this week – the first time North Korea has overseen such war games since the end of the Korean War.

Also on the horizon: the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea (see dispatches series, 16 March, 18 March, 23 March, 30 March, 14 April), the visit of Pope Francis to South Korea in August, and of Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in November.

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