N. Korean nuclear moratorium

During a summit meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il announced that his country is ready to impose a moratorium on nuclear missile tests. William Keylor, an international relations professor and author of A World of Nations: The International Order Since 1945, offers the following comment:

“Once again, the North Korean strongman dangles the possibility of reopening negotiations over his country’s nuclear program in order to obtain foreign economic assistance for his shattered economy. Long after the U.S. and its allies in the region provided such aid, only to see the North’s nuclear program resume, Russia now¬† becomes the object of this charade.”

Contact Keylor at 617-358-0197; wrkeylor@bu.edu