Leon V. Sigal

Leon V. Sigal is director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project at the Social Science Research Council in New York and author of Disarming Strangers: Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea.


Sustained diplomacy and political rebalancing may not succeed, but they are preferable to more escalation.

The latest rocket launch comes at a delicate moment in North Korea and the region.

Despite the controversial satellite launch, Kim Jong-un is hinting at economic reform and rapprochement with Washington and its allies.

Pyongyang is done playing nice with Washington.

Washington must recognize its intelligence and policy missteps on North Korea or prepare for another round of botched talks.

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April 21, 2014