Gulag Diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Il hinted last Friday that he might be willing to return to nuclear disarmament talks in July, provided that the U.S. demonstrates it no longer "looks down on" the North and is willing to "recognize and respect us as a partner." But U.S. President George W. Bush has stated in the past that he "loathes" Kim, and he risked angering the Dear Leader again last week by hosting a politically sensitive guest at the White House: Kang Chol Hwan, author of The Aquariums of Pyongyang, a first-person account of growing up inside one of North Korea's...

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