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March 4, 2002

United States
The ’Axis of Evil’: Warren Bass

On January 29 in his first State of the Union address, President Bush described Iran, Iraq and North Korea as an “axis of evil” that needed to be targeted by the United States, drawing criticism from…

February 13, 2003

North Korea
Winston Lord Urges U.S. Partners to Help Pressure North Korea, Says South Korea’s Approach Endangers Alliance

Winston Lord, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs in the Clinton administration, says the “very serious crisis” over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions cannot…

April 25, 2003

North Korea
Asia Expert Warns that Unless U.S. Deals Directly With N. Koreans, It Faces Choice of War or Nuclear-armed Pyongyang

Alan D. Romberg, a former principal deputy director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the Clinton administration, warns that it is vital for the United States to deal directly with N…

November 1, 2002

North Korea
No Crisis with North Korea, Says Council’s Independent Task Force Co-Chairman Morton Abramowitz

Morton Abramowitz, who is co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force on Korea, says that despite North Korea’s disclosure that it has a secret nuclear weapons program, “we…

August 20, 2003

North Korea
O’Hanlon: Success at North Korea Talks Uncertain

Michael E. O’Hanlon, a leading expert on North Korea, says it’s unclear if there will be a diplomatic breakthrough when delegations from the United States, North Korea, Japan, China, South…

January 6, 2003

North Korea
U.S. ‘No Talk’ Policy With N. Korea ‘Ineffective,’ Says Oberdorfer

The Bush administration’s refusal to talk to North Korea is “a mistake,” says Korea expert Don Oberdorfer in an interview with Bernard Gwertzman, consulting editor for cfr.org. D…

September 2, 2003

North Korea
Council’s North Korea Expert: U.S. Needs More Negotiating Flexibility to Achieve Accord on Ending North Korea’s Nuclear Arms Program

Eric Heginbotham, the Council on Foreign Relations’ senior fellow for Asia studies and director of the Council-sponsored Independent Task Force on North Korea, says the recent six-nation talks in Bei…

March 10, 2003

North Korea
Former Envoy to South Korea Urges Direct U.S.-North Korea Talks

Donald Gregg, U.S. ambassador to South Korea in the first Bush administration, says the situation with North Korea is “quite dangerous” and that immediate direct talks between Washington a…

December 1, 2003

North Korea
Neocon Calls Bush’s Policy Toward North Korea ’Confused’

The Daily Yomiuri: How would you define neoconservativism?Boot: I’d have to put it in the context of the three main schools of American foreign policy. One is the realpolitik school, which holds that…

October 29, 2003

North Korea
N. Korea Expert: U.S. Should Engage Pyongyang in Wide Dialogue to Defuse Tensions

Peter Hayes, executive director of the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development, a nonprofit organization in Berkeley, California, says that President Bush’s latest offer to …