Has President Bush’s decision to include North Korea in his “axis of evil” foreclosed the possibility of serious dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang? Not necessarily! True, North Korea felt compelled to respond in kind, branding the U.S. the “empire of (the) devil.” (Will the real “evil empire” please stand up?) And, even before Bush’s incendiary remarks, the prospects for dialogue were pretty slim, since the North was insisting it would only talk if Bush reverted to the policies of his predecessor; a precondition the North had to know was totally unacceptable.
PacNet #7A – U.S.-Korea Policy: Now What?
February 15, 2002