The most important elements of the agreement that will bring a satisfactory end to the North Korean nuclear crisis have been in place for more than a decade, and the earlier than expected resumption of the six-nations talks confirms that, on one hand, no new breakthrough proposals or concessions are required, while on the other hand, a willingness to talk is no guarantee that the opportunity for success will be seized.

Success in these talks will depend on North Korea receiving economic help, including assistance with its energy needs and access to the international banking system. As well, nuclear supplier states...

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