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PacNet #33 – A Path to Progress for the Six-Party Talks

The fourth round of Six-Party Talks, scheduled to resume in late August after a three-week recess, have raised hopes that progress may finally be possible in resolving the North Korea nuclear weapons standoff. Increased U.S. flexibility and a greater attempt to listen to the concerns of all the involved parties have contributed to an improved atmosphere for dialogue. In the final analysis, however, the prospects for success in resolving the current crisis remain limited, unless all six parties – or at least the other five, absent the DPRK – have a clear, common understanding of desired outcomes and objectives, a common definition of what constitutes success (or failure) and a common roadmap for getting from where we are today to where we want and need to be.