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Nuclear North Korea: Politics of Six-Way Talks

Regional and international geopolitics have undergone tectonic shifts. Beijing's foreign policy objectives are now aimed at ensuring its "peaceful rise" and, in this context, it does not want an aggravation of tensions on the Korean peninsula. Washington also had its own reasons to cut a deal now.

N orth Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, DPRK) has long bedevilled analysts about its nuclear programmes. Phrases such as, hermit nuclear kingdom, rogue nation, a daunting prospect for nuclear inspectors, and so on are commonly used to describe its nuclear production lines, bombs and materials. What is doubtless is that North Korea conducted its first plutonium bomb test on October 9 last year, having earlier test-fired ballistic missiles on July 5.

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