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PacNet #16 – Summit in Pyongyang: Breakthrough or Breakdown?

April 21, 2000

The dramatic announcement of an inter-Korean summit provides an opportunity to test the momentum created by North Korea’s pragmatic attempt to develop new relationships with the outside world. ROK President Kim Dae Jung’s Sunshine Policy has supported Pyongyang’s own apparent efforts to reach out to the international community. It is only fitting that North Korea reciprocate by acknowledging the ROK as a legitimate counterpart and the likely main partner in achieving economic rehabilitation.