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That is a difference in definition that could toll a death knell for the summit before it even starts.
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He is at least partly right, say analysts ranging from those who would engage to those who would invade, but that is not the full story.
The other part is the fact that Kim, a 34 year old who has consistently defied low expectations over the past six years, is feeling more confident than ever.
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