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WashPost: Reining In Pyongyang

Author: Henry A. Kissinger

In this opinion piece, Henry Kissinger suggests the international diplomatic effort to manage North Korea's nuclear arsenal needs to harden, and adopt the elimination of North Korean nuclear weapons as its goal.

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FEER: U.S.-Japan Ties

Author: Nathan Robb

Nathan Robb, a political analyst at the Consulate General of Japan in New York, writes about the discussions between South Korean, Japanese, and American envoys on North Korean nuclear affairs. Japan has reservations about negotiating with the North Koreans when they have not acknowledged the abduction of dozens of Japanese civilians from 1979 to 1983.

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SSI: Projecting Pyongyang

Author: Andrew Scobell

Andrew Scobell seeks to assist planners and decisionmakers in thinking about and preparing for possible future contingencies concerning North Korea. The collapse of the Kim regime may not lead to the collapse of North Korea as a state and even if regime collapse is followed by state collapse, these events may not lead to Korean unification.

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Stanley Foundation: What Did We Learn From KEDO?

The Stanley Foundation reviews the lessons to be drawn from the failure of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), a multilateral body established to implement the 1994 US-North Korea Agreed Framework designed to end Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. It argues that the chief lesson to be learned is that the mission of a technical organization charged with implementing a diplomatic agreement must be backed by sustained, high-level political leadership. Inevitable problems with complicated agreements can sometimes be solved by bureaucrats, but often require political intervention. Without that intervention, the agreements can suffer and perhaps even collapse.

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