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DPRK: it takes more than two to talk

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Given the current circumstances, it seems unlikely that negotiations on the nuclear issue can be restarted in the near future. The DPRK’s 4th nuclear test held back in January and the various ballistic missile tests which followed until the very eve of the WPK Congress sought to underline the regime’s determination to go through with its plans to acquire full nuclear capability. For now, only a thorough implementation of international sanctions might convince Pyongyang to change course.