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Korea at Center of Major Shift

By Devin T. Stewart | Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs | January 1, 2007

The North Korean nuclear test comes as the alliance between the U.S. and South Korea grows more tenuous. North Korea’s nuclear test in October 2006, long threatened, nonetheless came as a shock. While the nuclear test injected new uncertainty into the prospects for regional cooperation in Northeast Asia, North Korea subsequently announced its intention to rejoin the six-party talks that bring together North and South Korea, the U.S., Japan, China and Russia to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability. It is very possible that the six-party talks could evolve into the de facto instrument for managing the process of the major transition in Northeast Asia.

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