A Return to Dialogue

Author
Victor D. Cha, Ellen Kim
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
13
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2011
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
The summer months saw a potentially new cycle of US-DPRK dialogue. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's invitation to DPRK Vice-Minister Kim Kye Gwan to visit New York for two days of official talks raised the specter that the North may be ready for re-engagement. Meanwhile, South Korea named a new unification minister, which some perceive to be the harbinger of a shift in its North Korea policy. But reliable sources say that President Lee Myung-bak will not cave so easily on his principles. Elsewhere, the Korea-US free trade agreement remains in limbo as it remains caught in partisan strife within the legislatures of both countries and the US received another lesson in Korea's preferred terminology for Asian geography.
Political Geography
United States, New York, South Korea, North Korea