Future Prospects for the Six-Party Talks

Issue & Policy Briefs November 9, 2011, No. 79

The Cheonan and Yeonpyeong incidents last year increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula and created a new “Cold Wartype” situation in Northeast Asia. China has launched a proposal in three phases in order to resume the Six-Party Talks,starting with bilateral meetings. Bilateral talks between ROK and DPRK as well as between DPRK and the U.S. have taken place. The third step is multilateral meetings, but the question remains how the countries participating in the Six-Party Talks can reach this phase? Is there a need for parallel or supplementary dialogue mechanisms?

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