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PacNet #46 – Has Strategic Patience Run Its Course?

The well-choreographed pas de deux of ROK and DPRK nuclear negotiators in Bali and the visit of North Korea’s Senior Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan to New York appear to have rekindled hopes for dialogue with North Korea and a resumption of Six-Party Talks. Pardon my skepticism, but haven’t we seen this movie before? Looking over the record of the past two decades, it is fair to ask what are we to talk about now that we have not talked about before.