July 23, 2009

So Close, Yet So Far Apart ...

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks past North Korea's chief delegate Pak Kun-gwang before a group photo session at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Regional Forum in Phuket, Thailand on Thursday. On the surface, this appears to be a close encounter between representatives of the two countries (no words were exchanged though) with acrimonious relations, but in reality, the schism between the two countries has widened recently with exchange of name-calling, whereas serious attempts to find a breakthrough in the current stalemate are not forthcoming from either sides.

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