U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill has thrown out several options for reconciling relations between
Hill also noted that there were ways to move toward diplomatic recognition even without solving differences between
Hill's comments, and recent positive remarks by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, seem to contradict the views of President George W. Bush, who recently noted when asked about his relation with outgoing Russian President Vladimir Putin that it was important to have personal relationships with significant leaders even if there were disagreements, but that Bush would never have such a relationship with Kim Jong Il. The gratuitous remark about Kim seemed to come from nowhere, yet Bush has been consistent in his public distaste for Kim and the North Korean regime. But personal distaste and international relations are very different things.
While there remains division within Washington as to just how best to deal with North Korea, and whether any real c
But while Hill may talk of the potential for diplomatic ties, there is a very important prerequisite from the