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Why the nuclear talks with N Korea fell apart

The juggernaut that is American foreign policy defies quick changes in direction. Trump is off-base if he thinks he can make the rare transformative change that Nixon achieved in China

It is possible that Mr Trump had the 1972 US opening to China in mind when he set out to shake up US policy on the Korean peninsula. But that kind of change took years of secret diplomacy by Henry Kissinger.

IT has been said that American foreign policy is like a huge aircraft carrier: it is one of the most powerful military instruments available but one that is also not so nimble, and hence, it is very difficult to turn and change its direction.

Indeed the US president (the decider-in-chief...

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