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  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 1999 by Daryl Plunk Easing Trade Sanctions Against North Korea: Not Enough to Promote Lasting Peace

    On September 17, President Bill Clinton announced a significant upgrading of relations between the United States and communist North Korea. The move considerably eased the strict trade embargo that has been in place since 1950, when the North's invasion of South Korea ignited the three-year Korean War. The conciliatory gesture comes on the heels of a September 12…

  • Backgrounder posted July 2, 1999 by Daryl Plunk Time for a New North Korea Policy

    When South Korean President Kim Dae Jung visits Washington, D.C., on July 2 for a summit with President Bill Clinton, the discussion of "rewards" for North Korea should be linked to clear concessions from Pyongyang that lead to peace. The Korean Peninsula--the most heavily militarized spot on earth--is the only place where an outbreak of war would result in the…

  • Executive Summary posted July 2, 1999 by Daryl Plunk Executive Summary: Time for a New North Korea Policy

    Prospects for peace on the Korean Peninsula appear more uncertain following a recent deadly naval clash between North and South Korean ships in the Yellow Sea over border intrusions and fishing rights. North Korea's Stalinist regime often provokes the South and resists entering talks with Seoul on reunification issues despite receiving large amounts of international…

  • Executive Summary posted November 13, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn, Daryl Plunk BG1236ES:  Clinton's Trip to Asia:  Time to Show U.S.Leadership

    President Bill Clinton must address the Asia-Pacific region's pressing economic and security challenges when he travels to Asia later this month. In the wake of their most serious economic crisis since World War II, Asian countries need strong encouragement to implement market-opening economic reforms, and America's allies in Northeast and Southeast Asia need to…

  • Backgrounder posted November 13, 1998 by Richard D. Fisher, Robert P. O'Quinn, Daryl Plunk Clinton's Trip to Asia

    As President Bill Clinton prepares to make his second trip to Asia later this month, America's allies and friends are expecting him to show strong U.S. leadership. Each destination along his route--Malaysia for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Japan, and South Korea--will present dilemmas requiring tough recommendations and…

  • Backgrounder posted June 2, 1998 by Daryl Plunk Bold South Korean Reforms Deserve U.S. Support

    The Republic of Korea's new President, Kim Dae Jung, arrives in Washington on June 8 for a formal state visit and summit talks the following day with President Bill Clinton. Long a close political, trade, and security ally of the United States, South Korea is reeling from its most serious economic crisis in nearly two decades. President Kim has moved quickly to…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted May 14, 1997 by Daryl Plunk After Broken Promises, Time to Change Direction on North Korea

    This report is currently available only in PDF format.…

  • Lecture posted November 7, 1996 by James J. Przystup, Richard V. Allen, Charles Kartman, Larry A. Niksch, Daryl Plunk The Second Anniversary of the U.S.-North Korean Nuclear Accord: Cause for Celebration?

    JAMES J. PRZYSTUP, Director, the Asian Studies Center of The Heritage Foundation Slightly over two years ago, on October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea came to terms on an understanding known as the Agreed Framework. In brief, this agreement committed North Korea to shut down and ultimately dismantle its two plutonium-producing heavy water reactors in…

  • Backgrounder Update posted April 12, 1996 by Daryl Plunk Warning to North Korea: Stop Provocations and Talk Peace With South Korea

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 4/12/96 273 WARNING TO NORTH KOREA: STOP PROVOCATIONS AND TALK PEACE WITH SOUTH KOREA (Updating Backgrounder Update No. 236, "Clinton's Korea Policy Falls Short: A Call to Congressional Action," January 13, 1995, and Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 133, "The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead…

  • Backgrounder Update posted May 4, 1995 by Daryl Plunk The U.S. -North Korean Nuclear Agreement: A Six-Month Report Card

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 5/4/95 246 THE U.S.-NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR AGREEMENT: A SIX-MONTH REPORT CARD (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 133, "The Clinton Nuclear Deal With Pyongyang: Roadmap to Progress or Dead End Street?" November 4, 1994) The Agreed Framework signed by the United States and communist North Korea last October aims to…

  • Backgrounder Update posted January 13, 1995 by Daryl Plunk Clinton's Korea Policy Falls Short: A Call to Congressional Action

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 1/13/95 236 CLINTON'S KOREA POLICY FALLS SHORT: A CALL TO CONGRESSIONAL ACTION (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 133, "The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead End Street?," November 4, 1994) The Clinton Administration's Korea policy, focused as it is on North Korea's nuclear weapons…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted November 4, 1994 by Daryl Plunk The Clinton Nuclear Deal with Pyongyang: Road Map to Progress or Dead End Street?

    (Archived document, may contain errors) No. 133 November 4,1994 THE CLINTON NUCLEAR DEAL WnHffONGYANG: ROAD M" TO PROGRESS OR DEAD END STREET? "This U.S.-North Korean agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula." -President Bill Clinton "The new accord ... outlines…

  • Backgrounder Update posted June 3, 1994 by Daryl Plunk Defusing North Korea's Nuclear Threat

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 6/6/94 224 DEFUSING NORTH KOREA9S NUCLEAR THREAT (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 129, "North Korea's Nuclear Threat Challenges the World and Tests America's Resolve," February 23, 1994) At a time when President Bill Clinton is being roundly criticized at home and abroad for lack of leader- ship and coherence in…

  • Asian Backgrounder posted September 19, 1990 by Daryl Plunk For the U.S., A New Policy for Korean Reunification

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 107 September 19, 1990 FOR THE U.S., A NEW POLICY FOR KOREAN REUNIFICATION INTRODUMON Perhaps no communist country dug in its heels against the tumultuous wave of economic and political reform sweeping through the communist world more than has the repressive regime in North Korea. Indeed, North Korea openly has spurned any moves…

  • Backgrounder Update posted July 12, 1989 by Daryl Plunk For the U.S., Too Soon to Withdraw Troops from the Korean Peninsula

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 7/13/89 106 FOR THE U.S., TOO SOON TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM THE KOREAN PENINSULA (Updating Asian Studies Center Backgrounder No. 83, "For the Bush Administration, Policy Challenges on the Korean…