Friday, October 01, 2004

North Korea Bilateral Talks vs. 6 Nation Summit

One of the key policy differences in last nights debate was over how best to deal with North Korea. Kerry promises to have bilateral talks with North Korea while mainting multi-nation summits with North Korea and its neighbors. Bush feels that having bilateral talks will alienate China, and without China, any dealings with North Korea will certainly fail. I was taken by Bush's point. I thought it was a strong point and a huge risk... But according to fact checkers at the Washington Post, both Bush and I are dead wrong:

Bush said direct talks with North Korea would drive away China, a key player in the negotiations. But each of the other four countries in the talks has held direct talks with North Korea during the six-party process -- and China has repeatedly asked the Bush administration to talk directly with North Korea.


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