Pyongyang's Dangerous Game

The North balks again at nuclear inspections, vowing dire consequences if the West gets too tough in return

Sitting in the conference room of Peace House on the South Korean side of the line in the truce village of Panmunjom, Seoul's diplomats were shocked by the steamy rhetoric from their Northern counterparts. "Seoul is not far from here," warned the North's Park Yong Su, reading a prepared text to the South's Song Yong Dae. "Should a war break out, Seoul will be a sea of flames, and you, Mr. Song, will find it difficult to survive."

The grisly threat, replayed over and over on South Korean television, was a sharp reminder of the acrimony growing between North Korea and...

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