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SEOUL — Negotiations over the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula look set to resume. Sadly, they are unlikely to end soon. Talk of a “grand bargain” remains just that — talk.

Trust between North Korea and the United States, South Korea and Japan is almost nonexistent. While all leaders — including North Korea’s Kim Jong Il — remain committed to denuclearization in public, none appears ready to risk much in terms of domestic politics to achieve it.

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