TITLE

A Failure to Communicate

AUTHOR(S)
Dobson, William
PUB. DATE
January 2004
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);1/12/2004 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 143 Issue 2, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article reports on the latest hardline approach taken by the United States regarding diplomacy with North Korea. Chinese diplomats are losing their patience over the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Beijing plans to host the next six-party summit on the North Korean nuclear crisis--it hopes before the Chinese New Year later this month--and Chinese strategists are worried the Americans will be as cool to their North Korean counterparts as they were at the last meeting in August. Beijing's fears over the quality of conversation the next time around are probably warranted. Even the biggest policy shift in the current stalemate--President George W. Bush's October offer to commit to a multilateral security guarantee in exchange for North Korea's disarmament--failed to breathe life into the next round. For the last month Chinese diplomats have worked furiously with all sides to come up with some sort of joint declaration ahead of the next round. Interestingly, last month Kim Yong-Il, a senior North Korean diplomat, made a trip to visit that other member of the" axis of evil," Iran, possibly to consult with Tehran about nuclear bargaining tactics. An even more promising sign may be the fact that the North Koreans are going to put forward their most knowledgeable negotiator on American affairs, Vice Minister Kim Gye-Gwan, at the next round of talks.
ACCESSION #
11974949

 

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