Is a New Stage Coming for the Koreas?

The nuclear crisis barometer on the Korean peninsula has risen and fallen numerous times during the 20 years since North Korea announced its withdrawal from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty on March 12, 1993. However, while some fear that North Korea and South Korea-US are like trains on course for a head-on collision, it seems probable that they are on their way to some new stage. For now, despite bellicose rhetoric from both sides, the hardliners in Seoul and Washington appear determined to ignore the North. Some dovish decision-makers have recently insinuated that the US and South Korea should listen to what North Korea has to say.

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