For A Big Fat Carrot, Will North Korea Drop Its Stick?

The U.S., South Korea, and Japan have reached a moment of truth in their effort to pry Communist North Korea out of isolation and halt its drive to develop nuclear weapons. If their gambit works, the stage could be set for a surge of aid, trade, and investment that would ease tensions in one of the world's most volatile regions. Failure, however, could push the Korean peninsula toward new confrontation.

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