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PacNet #10 – Make the Working Groups Work

Much has been written about the recent Six-Party agreement on “Initial Actions for the Implementation” of a North Korean denuclearization plan first outlined over a year ago, but the debate has generated more heat than light when it comes to making this agreement work. Some analysts and policy makers have praised the agreement as an “important first step” to ridding Korea of nuclear weapons and establishing normalized relations between North Korea and the United States and Japan Critics, meanwhile, decry the appearance that Washington is “rewarding bad behavior” by offering economic incentives to Pyongyang before full denuclearization is assured, and they warn that the agreement is dangerously vague about what will actually be dismantled.