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Former State Department Negotiator Joel Wit Discusses North Korea

April 28, 2019

Former State Department Negotiator Joel Wit Discusses North Korea

On this edition of Update-1, a former State Department negotiator with the North Koreans offers background on the current efforts to promote nuclear disarmament. Joel Wit directs a project at the Stimson Center called 38 North, a reference to the 38th parallel of latitude that has divided North and South Korea since 1953. Interviewed by Broadcast/Podcast member Irv Chapman, Wit recalls the attempts to reach out to the North Koreans dating back to the Reagan administration, the intensified negotiations brought about by the North's development and testing of nuclear weapons during the Clinton presidency, and the stops and starts related to the change of governments in both countries.

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