Thursday, December 30, 2010
The “Breakthrough” of the Six Parties Talk?
There has been a significant “breakthrough” in the relationship between North Korea and the United States after North Korean demolished its 20-meter-tall cooling tower in Yongbyon on June 27, 2008. Among the six parties involved with talk with Northern Korea, China has played a crucial role in denuclearizing North Korea making the most of its limited leverage and serving as mediator between North Korea and the United States. As a result of North Korea`s recent actions, the United States has taken steps to remove the North Korea from its list of state sponsors of terrorism. The only loser among the six parties is Japan. The abduction of Japanese by North Korea has been major foreign policy issue with North Korea for years. Now that Northern Korea is viewed as less as threat, the abduction issue is less likely to be addressed by the international community as part of a multilateral discussion. To be successful on this issue, the Japanese government will have to negotiate directly with North Korea. However, this “breakthrough” has been interrupted by North Korea now.