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In Talks With North Korea, U.S. Faces New Chessboard

Sung-Yoon Lee tells The Wall Street Journal that the momentum has swung in North Korea's favor.

Seven months after the U.S. and North Korea walked out of nuclear talksĀ at a summit in Vietnam, the two sides appear ready again to work toward a deal that trades Pyongyang's nuclear weapons for a loosening of U.S.-led economic sanctions.

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"Momentum has swung in North Korea's favor," said Lee Sung-yoon, a Korea expert at Tufts University's Fletcher School. "Now is the time for North Korea to push the envelope."

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