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Mitchell Reiss
Nationality: American
Category: Diplomat
Subcategory: American Diplomat

And so there has been a lot of diplomatic movement.


So, in a sense, the verification piece is irrelevant to the format issue.


It's up to Kim Jong Il to make that decision, and we can't make that for him.


So the president set out the policy guidance and said it had to take place in a multilateral fashion so that other countries in the region could be invested in the success of this process.


The nexus between terrorism and nuclear weapons, or even nuclear material, is obviously a current concern.


Again, I think we have much greater diplomatic weight by having all of us sit on the same side of the table wanting the same thing, and putting it to the North Koreans.


We are hopeful that the North Koreans can show a little bit more realism, a little bit more flexibility.


There is a different future that is available to North Korea, if they choose differently.


First of all we have to recognize that despite all the problems - and in some cases failures - that this regime has been much more successful, much more resilient, than people had anticipated.


What we can do is to explain as clearly as possible what the benefits would be of him going down one path, and what the potential consequences would be if he chooses another path.


The format's better because it gives us a much stronger hand to play when going to the North Koreans unified, with our allies and partners in the region, all of us saying the same thing: telling them their current course is unacceptable.


Any agreement that you have isn't going to be based on North Korea's intentions or trust.


We have a model that we're following, and it's the Libya model.


I'm not sure you can do anything quickly or easily with the North.


And it has to do with having no inventory or stockpiles on the shelf, but items arrive as you need to build your product. What that means is that it's much more difficult to actually find stockpiles of already built weapons.


You are either going forward or you are not.


Everyone I have spoken with so far recognises the need for the IRA to respond positively and every has said sooner is better than later and I think there is some concern if it does continue to delay much longer that the situation isn't going to remain the same.


You have to play the cards you are dealt and if it has made it harder, it doesn't matter, you still have to get the deal done.


The other countries did not share the same concern the United States had in the early '90's - that North Korea actually had an ongoing nuclear weapons program.


We need to do a lot more thinking about how the regime is going to evolve, how the bad guys are going to adapt their tactics, and what measures we're going to need in order to go forward.


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