North Korea never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. The latest example occurred earlier this month when Pyongyang precipitated yet another breakdown in the on again, off again North-South dialogue process, thus dealing a staggering, if not fatal blow to ROK President Kim Dae-jung’s beleaguered Sunshine Policy of engagement with the North. North Korea’s actions will likely further reduce hopes for a resumption of U.S.-DPRK dialogue as well and could cause many of Pyongyang’s other Western interlocutors to rethink the wisdom of strengthening their own ties with the unpredictable Hermit Kingdom.
PacNet #47A – Korean Peninsula: Missed Opportunities
November 27, 2001