Standoff with North Korea

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China has informed the Bush administration that North Korea has changed its formula for new talks over Pyongyang-s threat to make nuclear weapons. Earlier this week, William Perry, Defense Secretary for the Clinton Administration, warned that it is increasingly possible that terrorists could buy such weapons and plant them in an American city. Perry, who's not known for crying wolf, cautioned that today's division between Pentagon hawks and State Department doves makes US policy dangerously unclear. What are the prospects for all-out war? Should the US negotiate or try for -regime change?- How many North Korean refugees should be welcomed to America? We hear from a former ambassador to Asia, a historical sociologist and a specialist on US-Asia relations with six books to his credit.
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Kessler-s article on William Perry-s warning of war

Kessler's article on US-North Korea talks

State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

State Department on North Korea

Senate Foreign Relations Committee



Warren Olney