China and US Will No Longer Tolerate Stop-Go Diplomacy
Brown, Kerry, The Independent (London, England)
Kim Jong-il's reported statement to Wen Jiabao that North Korea was willing to return to the six-party talks is a small step, but a welcome one.
While Pyongyang is engaged in talks, there is some hope that the outstanding issues of North Korean nuclearisation and its intentions towards South Korea and Japan are being addressed.
Since the last talks ended in late 2008, North Korea has been on a roller-coaster of aggression, testing nuclear devices, launching missiles, and arresting journalists.
Despite all the talking, the fundamental issues remain. North Korea's military is focused on having a nuclear capacity. Its leadership wants direct talks with the US. The Obama administration wants to talk to Pyongyang but with the Russians, Japanese, Chinese and South Koreans at the table.
That Kim Jong-il made his remarks during a visit by the Chinese leader reinforces the importance of Chinese influence. China may get frustrated with its "little brother" over the border, but it cannot walk away. Too much is at stake. For many Chinese, Kim Jong-il has manipulated and used them against the US. But …
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