Two days of meetings between North Korean and U.S. official in Geneva this week did not produce an agreement to formally resume negotiations-- either bilaterally or in the so-called six party talks-- about possible steps toward Pyongyang's denuclearization. When Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was asked in South Korea whether he thinks a renewed U.S. push to explore negotiations will work, Panetta said: "We're not sure where those talks are headed at this point. For that reason, I guess the word 'skepticism' would be in order."
Do you believe engagement with North Korea to reach a diplomatic solution should continue? What can it reasonably be expected to achieve? Does the periodic failure of the diplomatic track allow the U.S. to keep sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang? What more should the U.S. do to pressure Pyongyang? Is there anything China can be expected to do that will push North Korea to give up its pursuit of nuclear weapons? Also, how much should the world worry that an accidental confrontation between North and South Korea sparks a broader conflict?