North Korea: If You Can't Beat `Em...

It has been the longest, most bitter standoff of the cold war. For 41 years, North Korea's bellicose Marxist regime has clung to the belief that it could dominate the Korean peninsula by force or subversion. Instead, stunning reversals in recent weeks by the North's dictator, Kim Il Sung, show that South Korea is gaining the upper hand--mainly because its economic power is driving political wedges even between the North and its allies.

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