Done Talking?

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill was clearly frustrated last week when a reporter in Seoul asked him why Washington isn't offering a "bold solution" to convince North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il to abandon his nuclear-weapons program. "Why are you blaming me?" asked Hill. "You should be blaming Kim Jong Il." Hill later told TIME: "Frankly, it is time to give Kim Jong Il a bit of a kick."

That last remark isn't quite on message. U.S. President George W. Bush still publicly insists that six-party talks involving the U.S., China, Japan, Russia, South Korea and...

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