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Kim Jong Un

Expect status quo to remain on North Korea

In the ornate Reves Room of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William and Mary, I was sitting at the dinner table next to Ambassador Li Gun, North Korea’s permanent representative to the United Nations and the public face to the Western World of that isolated and strategically important country. This was quite a few years ago, but the scenario remains the same.

Li, who rarely made public appearances, visited the college and met for an off-the-record roundtable discussion with a select group of students, faculty and community members.

Ambassador Li reviewed the recent history of relations between North Korea and the United States, with emphasis on...