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‘North Korea Is Willing to Discuss Giving Up Nuclear Weapons, South Says’

North Korean soldiers stand guard during a high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, January 9, 2018. (Korea Pool/Reuters)

That’s the New York Times headline this morning. It was always likelier that we were heading to a negotiation with the North rather than military conflict, despite the “who has a bigger button” bluster. The North’s strategy is to make nuclear gains and then come back to the West for another round of economic concessions. Resisting going down this well-worn path will be easier said than done, especially given that the Trump administration hasn’t truly forged a strategic departure from the approach of past administrations of both parties.

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