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North Korean "Never-Never" Land

Author: Scott A. Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy
May 16, 2009
GlobalSecurity.org

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Within hours following a April 13, 2009, UNSC presidential statement condemning North Korea's missile launch, the DPRK foreign ministry responded by stating that "six-party talks have lost the meaning of their existence never to recover" and that the "DPRK will never participate in such six-party talks nor will it be bound any longer to any agreement of the talks."

In a four-part analytical series by Kim Ji-young published on April 20-25 in Chosun Sinbo, a pro-North Korean publication based in Japan that is often used by the North Koreans to explain their official positions, the North Korean author reveals a clear willingness to return to negotiations with the United States. However, the articles do not fully address the core concern of outside observers: whether North Korea will really put its nuclear program on the table once diplomatic talks have resumed.

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