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Chance or crisis

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Biegun's visit could serve to make a breakthrough

North Korea's staunch avowal not to sit down face to face with the United States ― a stance repeated on the same day U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun arrived in Seoul ― at the very least shows that the country will only engage in dialogue that is different from that of the past two years.

In announcing Biegun's visit to Seoul and Tokyo, however, the U.S. State Department indicated its stance remains largely unchanged. It said the visit was to "further strengthen coordination on the final, fully verified denuclearization" of North Korea.

Ostensibly, the situation looks more like a crisis rather than a chance for dialogue on peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Yet, for the........

© The Korea Times