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It is too early to tell whether South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun can call his trip to North Korea last week a success, but North Korean leader Kim Jong Il must be happy with the visit. The summit choreography appeared to confirm his status as the senior leader on the Korean Peninsula, and the summit declaration gave him virtually everything that was on his pre-visit wish list.

More important is the Korean public’s reaction: If Mr. Roh gets a bump in the polls and boosts the prospects of the progressive candidate in the December presidential ballot, then both men will be able to call the summit a success. But the real measure of success is follow-through on its terms.

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