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PacNet #35A – The North Korean Human Rights Standoff

U.S. efforts to deal with North Korea have always presented an exquisite foreign-policy dilemma: whether to negotiate with a “rogue state” that brutally and systematically violates the human rights of its own people. During its first six years, the Bush administration took a hard line that focused on “regime change” coupled with a refusal to “engage.” The unfortunate result is that North Korea is now in possession of many more nuclear bombs (minus one that has been detonated) than when President Bush assumed office. Northeast Asia is no closer to achieving regional peace and stability. The North Korean people continue to suffer.