North Korea's Nuclear Detonation and Northeast Asian Politics
Thursday, October 26, 2006 03:00 PM to 04:30 PM
|North Korean Propaganda, by Luke Stephens. Creative Commons license (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0).|
Secretary of State Rice's trip to Asia in the aftermath of the North Korean nuclear test may have preserved the fiction of unity among the Six Powers, but revealed continued divisions between Washington, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, and Moscow on how to proceed. It says a great deal that North Korea's detonation of a nuclear device has not automatically caused a grand coalition of the great powers to insist on immediate and verifiable de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula by whatever means are necessary. Are other powers prepared to live with a nuclear North Korea if this acts as a check on U.S. power? How will events move forward—and what precedents are being set for how the Iranian crisis may also be resolved? Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Editor of The National Interest, a Washington D.C.–based foreign policy magazine, will offer his thoughts.
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