LOS ANGELES — Like the baby that hurls its rattle out of the crib to grab attention, North Korea has never been known for a subtle diplomatic style. Right now, though, it appears to have abandoned, temporarily at least, the crude infantile approach for a more adult turn.

Yes, once again, we are being manipulated. But this particular manipulation might just lead to something more hopeful than the usual. The latest twist in the ditsy diplomatic schizophrenia known as the foreign policy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has come in the form of an official apology.

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