Washington Report, November 2009

by U.S. Asia Pacific Council

Washington Report, No. 3

Publisher: Washington, D.C.: East-West Center, U.S. Asia Pacific Council
Publication Date: November 2009
Binding: electronic
Pages: 11
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All of the major powers in Northeast Asia--China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and the United States--are on record as saying they do not want a nuclear North Korea. But Pyongyang's volatile behavior--represented this year by its defiant test of a long-range ballistic missile, its rejection of the Six-Party Talks and agreements reached via those negotiations, and its second test of a nuclear device--has stymied their efforts to keep a denuclearization process on track.

Dr. Victor Cha, who served as U.S. deputy head of delegation to the Six-Party Talks during the Bush administration, explores North Korea's latest diplomatic tactic, China's unique relationship with its troublesome neighbor, and other challenges confronting U.S. policymakers.


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