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Urgent necessity: Direct dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
August 11, 2017
By Elisabeth Suh Jungmin Kang

President Trump’s recent statement that North Korea “will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before” is the latest example of Washington producing tough talk and mixed messages regarding regime change in North Korea. Meanwhile, Pyongyang continues issuing provocations and threats. When Kim Jong-un announced in his New Year’s speech this year that North Korea was in the final stages of its pursuit of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), President-elect Trump tweeted that “It won’t happen.” But North Korea’s ICBM test on July 28 was its second test of a long-range missile technically able to reach the US mainland.
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