Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Michael O'Hanlon has produced another in what seems like an endless stream of op-eds arguing for an ambitious approach to North Korea negotiations. The idea is to offer everything to North Korea, but to demand a lot of concessions (or promises, at least) in return. For example, the US could offer full recognition and security guarantees to the North, along with generous food aid and other assistance. Kim Jong-Il and friends would be expected in return to refrain from going nuclear, to cut back the size of their military, to reduce their weapons exports and to begin opening up their country's economy.

Sounds like a great idea--all that's missing is the right venue for the talks. I propose Oslo.

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