- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Maurice Greenberg opines in the Financial Times today that the remedy to the North Korea crisis is direct negotiations - not the six-party talks - between Pyongyang and Washington.

Two-way negotiations offer the best hope for bringing this prickly situation to a peaceful conclusion. Consider what Mr Kim has done: in the face of international condemnation, he chose to detonate his atomic device. His act was like that of a child crying out for attention - in this case, attention from the ultimate daddy state, the US. As Robert Gallucci, America’s former top negotiator with North Korea, recently said: “I think the North Koreans in their hearts still see the United States as nine feet tall.”

If you don’t recognize the name Robert Gallucci, here’s a refresher: He was the chief U.S. negotiator during the 1994 crisis with North Korea. But that didn’t turn out so well, did it?

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