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By Leon V. Sigal

In June 1994 the U.S. went to the threshold of battle with North Korea. With monetary sanctions coming near near, President invoice Clinton authorized the dispatch of considerable reinforcements to Korea, and plans have been ready for attacking the North's nuclear guns complicated. The turning aspect got here in a rare inner most diplomatic initiative via former President Jimmy Carter and others to opposite the damaging American direction and open easy methods to a diplomatic cost of the nuclear crisis.

Few americans understand the complete info at the back of this tale or maybe notice the devastating influence it might probably have had at the nation's post-Cold warfare overseas coverage. during this energetic and authoritative booklet, Leon Sigal bargains an inside of examine how the Korean nuclear predicament originated, escalated, and used to be finally defused. He starts off by means of exploring an internet of intelligence disasters by way of the U.S. and intransigence inside South Korea and the foreign Atomic power service provider. Sigal will pay specific cognizance to an American approach that prefers coercion to cooperation in facing competitive international locations. Drawing upon in-depth interviews with policymakers from the international locations concerned, he discloses the main points of the accumulation to disagreement, American refusal to interact in diplomatic give-and-take, the Carter venture, and the diplomatic deal of October 1994.

In the post-Cold conflict period, the us is much less prepared and capable than ahead of to fritter away limitless assets out of the country; hence it'll need to behave much less unilaterally and extra in live performance with different countries. what is going to develop into of an American international coverage that prefers coercion while conciliation is likely to serve its nationwide pursuits? utilizing the occasions that just about led the U.S. right into a moment Korean battle, Sigal explores the necessity for coverage swap by way of addressing the problem of nuclear proliferation and averting clash with international locations like Russia, Iran, and Iraq. What the Cuban missile hindrance was once to fifty years of superpower clash, the North Korean nuclear trouble is to the arrival era.

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