Talking to Bad Guys Can, in fact, Produce Desirable Outcomes
by UN Dispatcher, Wed Jul 11, 2007 at 09:02:38 AM EDT
Without much fanfare, there has been a recent flury of progress toward actual, verifiable North Korean nuclear disarmament. In the latest development, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced this morning that a team should be on the ground by Saturday, July 14 to oversee the shutdown of the plutonium producing Yongbyon facility. So what does this mean for the wider non-proliferation debate? It would seem that Security Council sanctions, backed by regional diplomacy and direct bi-lateral engagement with the United States can coax a country away from its nuclear ambitions.