Is North Korea Liberalizing?

Although the Feb. 29 agreement to ship 240,000 metric tons of food to North Korea in return for a halt in the North’s nuclear weaponization program has been cautiously welcomed as a diplomatic breakthrough, it is wise to be cautious. With Burma now having come in from the cold to take on at least the initial trappings of democracy, that leaves the north as Asia’s last pariah nation. Could the leaders around the late Kim Jong-il’s successor son Kim Jong-un, believed to be 28, be recognizing that fact?

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