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PacNet #40A – Enabling disablement: some assembly required

As we mark the one-year anniversary of North Korea’s Oct. 9, 2006 nuclear test, there are dramatic agreements from the Korean Peninsula that offer real hope for near-term progress toward the goals of denuclearization and national reconciliation.  Like a wrapped gift, however, we can’t see the contents and understand the true nature of these so-called achievements.  Contrary to South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun’s confident statement that “the North Korean nuclear issue will rapidly arrive at a complete resolution,” we are better off keeping expectations in check because upon opening this gift we are likely to find that more assembly is required.