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Bill Richardson: Let's sit down with North Korea (again)

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Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson still believes that sitting down and talking to North Korean leaders is the best way to avoid war.

“I think the main goal has to be long-range. Get the North Koreans back to the negotiating table to get them to negotiate a reduction or termination of their nuclear weapons cycle,” Mr. Richardson, also the former governor of New Mexico, said during an interview on CNN on Thursday morning. “It’s a grave situation, but I think it’s also important that everybody stay cool. The North Koreans are masters of deception, masters of unpredictability; they play the international media very well.”

Mr. Richardson was singled out earlier this week for his sit-down-and-talk approach, with Sen. John McCain calling that method “the damndest foolishness.”

“What’s more disturbing is people like Bill Richardson, highly respected, that keep going back and visiting them and coming back and saying we’re in a good place,” Mr. McCain, Arizona Republican, said earlier this week.

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Ben Wolfgang covers the White House for The Washington Times.

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