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PacNet #9C – Japan’s Policy Toward North Korea – How Effective are ‘Sticks’?

The second round of the six party talks over the North Korean nuclear crisis will finally take place in Beijing Feb. 25. As Japan enters the upcoming talks, the Koizumi government faces a difficult challenge: it must both be uncompromising in its basic principles and maintain enough flexibility to negotiate with Pyongyang.