Better Start Talking--and Fast!

Dialogue with North Korea would go a long way toward averting a real crisis

THE U.S. IS IN DANGER OF PLAYING ITS HAND BADLY ON THE Korean peninsula and heading into the very crisis situation that Bush Administration officials hope to avoid. I was in North Korea in early November, one month after a U.S. team headed by Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly accused Pyongyang of operating a secret uranium-enrichment program aimed at producing nuclear weapons. To the surprise of Kelly and his team, the North Korean officials did not deny the charge but said they were "entitled" to have such a program because of threats against them by a hostile U.S.

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