FROM Charles 'Jack' Pritchard
Despite Progress in Negotiations, North Korea Ups the Ante No country has been as consistently hostile, devious or unreliable as North Korea. The Bush Administration came into office rejecting a previous agreement to halt Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program and said the regime of Kim Jong Il could never be trusted. The last year has seen head-spinning changes, with the Koreans first exploding a nuclear test bomb, and then negotiating an agreement to dismantle its program . A former negotiator on North Korea, Ambassador Jack Pritchard is now president of the Korea Economic Institute.
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