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Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi's Visit to North Korea Deemed Successful by East Asian Institute Panel

Columbia faculty reflects on Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visit to North Korea in September in a panel discussion sponsored by the East Asian Institute. Koizumi is the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit the country. Calling the trip a spectacular success, Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science, says now Koizumi must handle the domestic fallout from the revelation that eight of the eleven Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea died.

Charles Armstrong
 
Charles Armstrong

North Korea Hopes to Gain the Trust of the United States, Says Armstrong
According to Charles Armstrong, associate professor of history, Prime Minister Koizumi's visit is yet another manifestation of North Korea's recent movement into the uncharted territory of relations with the West and Japan. North Korea's motivation for the meeting is not only bilateral ties to Japan, but also to send a signal to the United States that they are a reasonable partner who can diplomatically deal with Western countries, he says.

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Gerald Curtis
 
Gerald Curtis

Koizumi's Trip Was a Spectacular Success, Says Curtis
Prime Minister Koizumi's trip was a "spectacular success," says Gerald Curtis, Burgess Professor of Political Science. But now the tough part begins, as Koizumi must handle the domestic fallout of the revelations concerning Japanese abductees and the dangers of North Korean missiles, he says.

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Robert Immerman
 
Robert Immerman

Immerman Suggests North Korea's Inclusion in the 'Axis of Evil' Should Be Reevaluated
Over the past two years there has been a very sharp change in American foreign policy as it relates to North Korea, says Robert Immerman, senior research associate at the East Asian Institute. At the end of his term, Clinton was actively encouraging European and Asian allies to recognize, normalize and start trade with North Korea, and Bush has renounced these efforts, he says. He stresses the importance of reevaluating North Korea's status as a member of the "axis of evil" before the conflict with Iraq.

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Rudiger Frank
 
Rudiger Frank

Koizumi's Visit Will Help the European Union Increase Its Stake in East Asia, Says Frank
Koizumi's visit will help the European Union increase its overall stake in East Asia and increase the European Union's independence of the United States as a way to a real partnership, says Rudiger Frank, visiting lecturer at the East Asian Institute.

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Shot: Sep 30, 2002
Published: Nov 07, 2002
Last modified:Nov 06, 2002