Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis

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St. Martin's Press, Mar 22, 2010 - History - 432 pages

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, North Korea's nuclear program was frozen and Kim Jong Il had signaled he was ready to negotiate. Today, North Korea possesses as many as ten nuclear warheads, and possibly the means to provide nuclear material to rogue states or terrorist groups. How did this happen?

Drawing on more than two hundred interviews with key players in Washington, Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing, including Colin Powell, John Bolton, and ex–Korean president Kim Dae-jung, as well as insights gained during fourteen trips to Pyongyang, Mike Chinoy takes readers behind the scenes of secret diplomatic meetings, disputed intelligence reports, and Washington turf battles as well as inside the mysterious world of North Korea. Meltdown provides a wealth of new material about a previously opaque series of events that eventually led the Bush administration to abandon confrontation and pursue negotiations, and explains how the diplomatic process collapsed and produced the crisis the Obama administration confronts today.

 

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A knowledgeable chronicle of U.S.-North Korean negotiations during the Clinton and Bush White House years.Chinoy (China Live, 1997, etc.) formerly covered North and South Korea for CNN and now studies ... Read full review

Contents

Without You There Is No Us
1
So Close
21
Regime Change
43
Axis of Evil
65
The Scrub
81
HighLevel Meetings
103
The FourLetter Word
127
Meltdown
142
Going Ballistic
274
The Bomb
292
How Are We Going to Get Out of This?
305
We Are All Waiting for You
322
Dear Mr Chairman
340
21
363
EPILOGUE
383
43
401

War Games
158
Read My Statement
175
We Dont Negotiate with Evil We Defeat It
194
Some Good Some Bad Some Ugly
212
We Have Manufactured Nukes xiii
225
The September 19 Declaration
241
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
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About the author (2010)

Mike Chinoy is the Edgerton Senior Fellow on Asia at the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles. Until 2006, he was a foreign correspondent for CNN, largely in Asia, and made numerous visits to North Korea over the course of nearly two decades.

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