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N. Korean Nuclear Issue Simmers on a Back Burner

One might say that this year’s North Korean nuclear crisis has been postponed — to be rescheduled at a date more convenient for the political calendar. Dealing with Pyongyang’s headlong pursuit of nuclear weapons, once described as the biggest security threat to the United States, has been downgraded to a droning diplomatic process with little sense of urgency — at least until after the U.S. presidential election. “It is like they are just going through the motions,” said Charles L. Pritchard, once a lead U.S. negotiator with North Korea and now a harsh critic of the Bush administration’s handling of the Stalinist regime. Full Story

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