Diplomacy: Talking About Talks

Talking About Talks

The enmity between North and South Korea is so bitter that the diplomatic world considers it an important step when the two sides merely talk about talking. Thus there was muted applause last week when the North Korean government agreed to send a delegation to Panmunjom on Feb. 8 to discuss arrangements for a meeting between Prime Minister Yon Hyong Muk and his South Korean counterpart, Kang Young Hoon. Seoul had proposed such a meeting last year, hoping for an eventual summit between South Korean President Roh Tae Woo and North Korean President Kim Il Sung.

The North Koreans expressed little...

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