International Negotiations: United States vs. North Korea

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International Negotiations:
United States vs. North Korea

International Negotiations: United States vs. North Korea
It’s no secret over the last ten years that relations between the United States and North Korea have been anything but friendly. North Korea-specifically Pyongyang-has had a history of controversy; particularly their “use of nuclear brinkmanship and reports of violations of human rights and general disregard for the well-being of the North Korean people, as exemplified by its decision to develop a nuclear program while the country suffered from widespread famine.” (2009). Most notably, the biggest controversy from the North Koreans has been their threat of a nuclear weapons program and how they have been so defiant in disregarding the policies implemented by the United Nations on such programs. Throughout the course of this paper, a detailed synopsis will be reported on a specific article pertaining to the written testimony of Robert J. Einhorn, Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies, (2003) about the negotiations with North Korea back in March, 2003. This paper will also analyze the implications of globalization and technology on negotiations with North Korea. This article starts with Mr. Einhorn discussing the recent impasse of the (then) current negotiations between the United States and North Korea on Pyongyang’s intentions of keeping nuclear weapons or the option to give up the program for “security assurances and other benefits.” He continues by stating that in order for the U.S. to stop North Korea from acquiring and retaining a nuclear weapons program, the time for negotiation is now. He then goes on to discuss how his testimony will provide some suggestions on how to get the negotiations started. Einhorn suggests that because of North Korea’s refusal to negotiate with the United Nations Security Council, the U.S. should consider negotiating on two separate “tracks”. The first track should be between the U.S....
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