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December 22, 2009
IN THIS ISSUE
  • Let's Make a Deal
    The American Interest
  • Obama Proposes U.S. Liaison Office in North Korea, Reports Say
    Global Security Newswire
  • Ahmadinejad Dismisses US Deadline for Nuclear Deal
    Associated Press
  • Top US Officer: Force Must be Option for Iran
    Associated Press
  • Next Stage on Iran Could Hold Real Peril
    The New York Times
  • Russia, U.S. Plan Unprecedented Nuclear Cut - Lavrov
    Reuters
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Let's Make a Deal

Leon V. Sigal, The American Interest
DPRKPresident George W. Bush gets little credit in Washington these days, but he did achieve one major accomplishment in Asia: He resisted pressure from the Republican Right to confront China. U.S. cooperation with China and maintenance of U.S. alliances with Japan and South Korea are the pillars of future security in Asia. Contrary to popular wisdom, these are the primary U.S. equities in the region; what happens in and to North Korea is secondary.

That said, uncontrolled North Korean nuclear and missile programs will shake these pillars. They will generate demands that China do more to bring the DPRK to its knees, if not compel its collapse, which Beijing does not judge to be in its interest.
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Obama Proposes U.S. Liaison Office in North Korea, Reports Say

Global Security Newswire
A personal letter from U.S. President Barack Obama to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is reported to include an offer to set up a U.S. liaison office in Pyongyang if the North resumes six-nation disarmament talks, Kyodo News reported today (see GSN, Dec. 17).
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Ahmadinejad Dismisses US Deadline for Nuclear Deal

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press
Iran's president on Tuesday dismissed a year-end deadline set by the Obama administration and the West for Tehran to accept a U.N.-drafted deal to swap enriched uranium for nuclear fuel, and claimed his government is now "10 times stronger" than a year ago.
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Top US Officer: Force Must be Option for Iran

Anne Gearan, Associated Press
Military force would have only limited effect in stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons but must remain an option, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday.
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Next Stage on Iran Could Hold Real Peril

John Vinocur, The New York Times
A little less than a month ago, one of the officials developing the allies' strategy to halt Iran's drive to make a nuclear weapon described their governments' discomfort about soon having to move beyond attempts to engage the mullahs.
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Russia, U.S. Plan Unprecedented Nuclear Cut - Lavrov

Guy Faulconbridge, Reuters
Russia and the United States plan unprecedented cuts to their Cold War arsenals of nuclear weapons under a new arms reduction deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying on Tuesday.
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