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PacNet #10 – South Korea’s Package Deal

South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung’s recent announcement of a proposed “package deal” with North Korea, represents a valiant attempt to save two very important initiatives: his own Constructive Engagement Policy with the North (also known as the Sunshine Policy), and the Agreed Framework/KEDO (Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization) process aimed at halting North Korea’s suspected nuclear weapons program. Both initiatives are in danger of coming apart, due not only to North Korean actions and intransigence, but also to luke warm support and domestic partisan politics in the ROK, the U.S., and Japan; both initiatives, I would argue, are worth saving.