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PacNet #53 – North Korea: Settling for Half a Loaf

The conventional wisdom is that the Bush administration, in its never-ending face-off with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions, has once again been the first to blink. President Bush has been severely criticized for removing North Korea from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List prior to actual verification of North Korea’s June 26 "complete and correct" nuclear declaration. The only thing that appears to be verified thus far is that Pyongyang’s declaration was neither "complete" nor "correct."