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PacNet #9B – Six Party Talks: Prospects for “Success”

February 24, 2004

The long-awaited second round of six-party talks on North Korea’s suspected nuclear weapons program is scheduled to begin in Beijing Feb 25. Expectations are currently running so low that many will call the meeting a success if the North Koreans merely show up, or if they don’t walk out once the U.S. begins speaking. Others are defining success as the parties agreeing, during the course of this meeting, to meet again, even if nothing else is accomplished beyond a further vetting of positions and grievances.