January 15, 2012

Why We Need Detente With North Korea

Bennett Ramberg, The New Republic

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Whatever Kim Jong-Il's death meant for the people of North Korea, it did not change the fundamental strategic interest that the United States has in the country. The paramount issue for Washington remains assuring that Pyongyang never uses its nuclear arsenal, and that it never leaks or gifts its weapons material and technology to other nations or terrorists.

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