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PacNet #18 – (Unsolicited) Advice to Senator Kerry

April 26, 2004

Is John Kerry Kim Jong-il’s best friend? Is North Korea more likely to get a favorable deal from the Democrats? Would a Kerry administration abandon the current multilateral approach and enter into the bilateral negotiations long demanded by Pyongyang (effectively cutting Seoul and Tokyo out of the diplomatic process)? And, more broadly, will the current close ties between Washington and Tokyo be somehow put at risk if the Democrats win in November?