Two For NowIssue: Nov-Dec 2008
IT IS A most unattractive task to prescribe any approach to North Korea (DPRK). And at the moment, defending the six-party talks as useful is a special challenge. The agreed-upon measures to stop North Korean plutonium production are being reversed in successive, well-publicized steps. Leader Kim Jong Il may be ill, perhaps seriously, and there are worries of instability within North Korea. But I believe that the current North Korean escalation is separate from the leader’s health and probably was planned months ago.