A Nuclear Breakthrough in North Korea?

Ahead of the expected resumption of the six-party talks, BusinessWeek talks with Rhee Bong Jo, former vice-unification minister of South Korea

Will the U.S. and its partners at the next round of six-party talks find the right mix of carrot and stick to end North Korea's nuclear crisis? Next week, negotiators from the six nations are expected to meet in Beijing to discuss what steps toward denuclearization North Korea should take in return for 1 million tons of fuel oil, or its equivalent, as well as diplomatic and security guarantees. The Beijing talks will be followed by a two-day visit by South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun to Pyongyang on Oct. 2 for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

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