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Mystery, Mistrust Mark North Korea Outreach Failure

Two North Korean diplomatic initiatives to reach out to its neighbors ended abruptly this weekend when inter-Korean talks concluded with no agreements and an all-female band performance in China was suddenly cancelled. For North Korea watchers it is a reminder that engaging with the isolated, secretive authoritarian regime, even on seemingly non-political issues, can be painfully difficult. “One thing we know is that it is not easy to deal with North Korea. It’s not easy to sit down...

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