August 9, 2002
Another outbreak of peace in Korea is upon us. The media hailed a few minutes’ chat over coffee in Brunei between Colin Powell and North Korean Foreign Minister Paek Nam- sun as a big breakthrough. Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, hotfoot from Pyongyang, says Kim Jong-il is “ready for dialogue without preconditions” with the United States. Pyongyang now “regrets” sinking a South Korean frigate in June; inter-Korean talks have resumed. On-off discussions with Japan are set to restart this month, too.