North and South Korea have suddenly entered a critical passage. In a week of Page 1–worthy events, it would be difficult to overstate the importance of what transpires over the next month or so. Watch closely: This interim in the long-running Korea crisis is as freighted with consequence as any since I began covering it three decades ago. Peace could break out, to Washington’s evident chagrin.
This is how the Trump administration addresses the question of U.S. leadership. It proposes to preserve it by bluntly, frontally reasserting it — the “with us or against us” approach. Look at the list and you see the fundamental miscalculation. The rest of the world, notably China, supports North Korea sanctions only insofar as they are conducive to negotiations — no further. Seoul and Pyongyang are now talking directly while pointedly excluding Washington.
Brace yourselves for the week now beginning. A rapid succession of events over the past few days suggests that an outbreak of good sense may be imminent on the Korean Peninsula. We will know more this Tuesday, when North and South open direct talks for the first time in two years. The obvious outcome to hope for is a new start toward a sustainable resolution of the Korean crisis.
We've had v important news from the 38th Parallel. The 2 Koreas got more done ydy than anyone coulda expected. Readers who missed it may find my preview useful,@salon. "It's quiet in Washington," said the cowboy. "Yeah, too quiet," his sidekick replied. https://t.co/IIO0phTDnN
We've had excellent, v important news from the 38th Parallel. The 2 Koreas got more done ydy than I'd anticipated at the optimistic extreme. Readers who missed it may find my preview useful, @salonhttps://t.co/IIO0phTDnN
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Are the 2 Koreas on the brink of a breakthrough? We'll know more Tuesday, when North & South meet in Panmunjom. N.B.: This could reduce the US role on the Peninsula--a good but perilous prospect. All to be watched carefully. My take now posts @salonhttps://t.co/IIO0phTDnN
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