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(From The Korea Herald)
The crisis that has been escalating over North Korea's program to develop nuclear weapons should now be winding down, as the United States has made a major shift in its posture - from no reward for "nuclear blackmail" to a negotiated settlement. Still, Washington has a long way to go until it succeeds in persuading Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear ambition once and for all.
In a sudden departure from his long-held policy of not engaging Pyongyang until it dismantles its suspect nuclear facilities, U.S. President George W. Bush has recently offered a "bold initiative" for settlement, which would include energy and other types of aid, and …