As The Plutonium Cools

After a visit from Carter, Kim Il Sung promises to freeze his bomb program, and the U.S. agrees to talks

In the White House press room last week, Bill Clinton told reporters he did not think it was useful to talk about the confrontation with North Korea "in terms of winners and losers." Nevertheless, for those who insist on keeping score, the clear winner in the latest round of the 15-month nuclear dispute was former President Jimmy Carter. The Administration had kept its distance and whispered its skepticism when Carter went to Pyongyang two weeks ago and claimed that President Kim Il Sung was ready for a negotiated deal. But last Wednesday the North Koreans confirmed in writing that they will...

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