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North Korea's admission that it has a covert nuclear arms program has placed South Korea at a precarious and unprecedented crossroads: Will President Kim Dae Jung's signature engagement strategy, the "Sunshine Policy," be displaced by a "Nuclear Winter Policy"? The argument for freezing out the Stalinist North?diplomatically and financially, if not militarily?was already gathering momentum. Large segments of the South Korean public have come to doubt that their contributions of cash and other assistance to Pyongyang will buy anything but a few more meaningless media events and additional empty promises. The North's brinkmanship will not help to convince doubters that security...

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