Catalytic Diplomacy

Note to Deterring Sale

Plakovskiy reported that when Eduard Shevardnadze went to Pyongyang to explain Russia’s decision to recognize South Korea, the DPRK made three points: (1) it would consider itself free to develop weapons of mass destruction (rather than follow the obligations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that Russia had required of it to get Russian reactors); (2) it would support Japan in its territorial dispute with the Soviet Union; and (3) it would open negotiations with the United States on developing direct diplomatic relations. (They actually broke relations with Moscow for a while.)

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