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Maybe this time

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By Donald Kirk

Don't hold your breath. We've been disappointed so often in moves toward North-South reconciliation that it's hard to believe any face-to-face talks between President Moon Jae-in and North Korea's "respected leader" Kim Jong-un will lead to resolution of a nuclear crisis that's only worsened in recent years.

But wait! Don't rule out success either. Isn't that the way it's gone in modern Korean history ever since the devastating tragedy of the Korean War? So much happened, unexpectedly, both good and bad, that we cannot help but have hope. As the song goes, "Maybe this time" ― maybe this time we'll get lucky.

The quick and easy interpretation of Kim Jong-un's acquiescence to much that Moon wants is that he's keeping up the charm offensive that he initiated by agreeing in his New Year's message to send a team to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and then sending his younger sister, Yo-jong, to the opening. His strategy, say the skeptics, is to "drive a wedge" between South Korea and its American ally.

Then again, optimistically, might Kim Jong-un have........

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