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Rival Koreas masters at pulling back from the brink

Rival Koreas masters at pulling back from the brink

Once again, the Koreas are trying to disentangle themselves from violence and threats of war — this time in tense talks that have dragged out in two marathon sessions over three days. Skepticism over success abounds, but the rivals have proven time and again over the decades their mastery at pulling back from the brink. The current standoff may seem intractable, with authoritarian North Korea refusing to even admit to, let alone apologize for, Seoul's accusation that North Korean land mines maimed two South Koreans. And then there's North Korea's denial of what Seoul says was an artillery exchange last week initiated by the North. If history is any judge, however,...

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