SORRY FOR THE INTRUSION

NORTH KOREA'S UNCHARACTERISTIC APOLOGY COULD SIGNAL AN END TO DECADES OF HOSTILITY. MAYBE

Stalinism means never having to say you're sorry. The truculent Soviet dictator spent most of his life claiming to be politically infallible, and his proteges in North Korea are just as bloody-minded. Over the decades since their invasion of the South was beaten back, the North Koreans have sent down waves of assassins and saboteurs, seized warships and cargo vessels at sea, blown up at least one civilian airliner, hacked U.S. truce guards to death with axes and committed other barbarities without the slightest sign of self-doubt. After Kim Il Sung died in 1994, his son and apparent successor Kim Jong...

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