Korea's Nuclear Summit

President Lee Myung-bak's unexpected May 9 announcement that that the second Nuclear Security Summit would be held in Seoul in March 2012 appears to be major shift in the South Korean government's thinking. Although the announcement was accompanied with an invitation to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to attend after Kim promised to abandon his long-debated nuclear weapons development program, those familiar with North Korea's political culture know Pyongyang's leadership is probably uninterested in Lee's suggestion.

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