TITLE

DIPLOMACY OF DEFIANCE AND FACILITATION: THE SIX PARTY TALKS AND THE ROH MOO HYUN GOVERNMENT

AUTHOR(S)
Chung-in Moon
PUB. DATE
December 2008
SOURCE
Asian Perspective;2008, Vol. 32 Issue 4, p71
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The second North Korean nuclear crisis, which was triggered by controversy over its alleged highly enriched uranium (HEU) program in October 2002 continues. Despite its roller-coaster trajectory, the Six Party Talks (6PT) process has paved the way for a peaceful diplomatic settlement of the nuclear standoff. Since the 6PT process has been primarily a negotiating arena for North Korea and the United States, through the mediation of China, room for South Korea's effective participation has been structurally limited. Nevertheless, the Roh Moo Hyun government played a significant role in suggesting innovative ideas, often defying the American stance to break impasses, and facilitating the overall process of negotiation through proactive diplomacy. This article unravels the Roh government's diplomatic role in the 6PT process by describing its initial perception of and reactions to U.S. positions on contentious issues such as the terms of engagement and exchange, and analyzing its role in linking the 6PT to a peace regime for Korea and a Northeast Asian regional security and peace mechanism.
ACCESSION #
36494719

 

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