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13 December 2017 11:05 (South Africa)

North Korea says it will kiss and make up with the US … sorta

  • Branko Brkic
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    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

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North Korea has announced it will continue to work with the US on ending its nuclear programme and resume the now-stalled talks. Or, as the Pyongyang government said, it will work to “narrow remaining differences”. This follows a quick visit to the country by US envoy Stephen Bosworth.
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Fact Box
NUCLEAR CRISIS

  • Oct 2006 - North Korea conducts underground nuclear test
  • Feb 2007 - N Korea agrees to close main nuclear reactor in exchange for fuel aid
  • June 2007 - N Korea shuts main Yongbyon reactor
  • June 2008 - N Korea makes long-awaited declaration of nuclear assets
  • Oct 2008 - US removes N Korea from list of countries sponsoring terrorism
  • Dec 2008 - N Korea slows dismantling nuclear programme, after US decision to suspend energy aid
  • April 2009 – N Korea launches rocket carrying what it says is communications satellite
  • May 2009 - N Korea conducts second nuclear test
  • August 2009 - Former US president Bill Clinton helps secure release of two US journalists
  • October 2009 - N Korea tells China it may be willing to return to six-party talks
 

  • Branko Brkic
    branko3048 a ray
    Branko Brkic

    Brkic is the founder and editor of The Daily Maverick.

    He has edited magazines on business and politics, technology, and wildlife. He has also published fiction and non-fiction books, most of them in Serbian. Though he has never pretended to be a reporter, his wide knowledge of politics (especially in America), combined with his experiences in a disintegrating Yugoslavia, gives him an unusual outlook on events in South Africa.

    Despite the vowel-poor surname, he tells anyone who asks that he hails from Hyde Park, Johannesburg, having spent most of his adult life in South Africa.

    Recent columns:

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