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PacNet #28 – North Korea: Searching for A.Q. Kim

“Some good, some bad, some ugly!” That was the way a senior Bush administration official summed up the justcompleted third plenary session of the six-party talks in Beijing, aimed at ending North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs. While other participants were reporting “substantial progress” and it was clear that Pyongyang (like Washington) had come to the meeting with a more cooperative attitude, the two sides “remained far from an agreement”; no breakthroughs had been anticipated and none occurred.