Talk of Denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula

January 24, 2009

Whispers really. In his meeting with a Chinese envoy, the first since his stroke, Kim Jong-il singled a desire to denuclearize (presumably hoping to secure substantial conciliations in any six-party talks). As President Obama and Secretary Clinton review policy on North Korea, they have singled, in response, a willingness to talk. If this openness and warmth sounds unlike Kim, bear in mind that none of these comments were reported inside North Korea. Actually, Pyongyang said last week that it would wipe South Korea off the face of the Earth.

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