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(From Korea Times)
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei _ The just-ended 9th ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Brunei has provided North Korea with valuable chances to find a breakthrough from its self-imposed isolation caused by the deadly naval skirmish in the sea off the west coast of the Korean peninsula.
North Korea saw a triumphant diplomatic performance in the regional security forum, laying the grounds for the normalization of relations with surrounding powers like the United States and Japan.
North Korean representatives showed a changed attitude, being more flexible and polite compared with the past. In fact, the North seemed to have taken premeditated …