War of Nerves At the Nuclear Brink

The U.S. tries secret talks to seek nuclear compliance from North Korea

During the agonizing negotiations to end the Korean War, the American general in charge became so infuriated with the rococo delaying tactics of the North Koreans that he asked Washington for permission "to employ such language and methods at the talks as these treacherous savages cannot fail to understand, and understanding, respect." He was turned down. Getting an armistice took two more years of an excruciating saraband between envoys who may have loathed each other but had too much to lose to get mad. Now American and North Korean diplomats are in the trenches again, speaking tactfully on matters of life...

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