North Korea diplomacy: Irresistible forces and immovable objects

11 January 2016, LINK

North Korea’s nuclear test on 6 January was not a surprise. Over the past year the single cause for speculation was about how long Pyongyang would postpone the test.At first sight the event may look like a setback for anyone who hoped that the minor diplomatic progress made over the course of 2015 might lead to a resumption of dialogue. Yet the underlying problem in the conflict has not changed: a narrowly defined negotiation agenda which is solely focused on denuclearisation. Pyongyang’s move underlines its stance that its nuclear program is not negotiable, and that talks must lead to a peace trety.

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