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South Korea’s Unification Ministry hosted the Korea Vision Forum yesterday at Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Among the dignitaries present were former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, second from right, and Wendy Sherman, far left, former North Korea policy coordinator of the U.S. State Department. Powell said yesterday that the North Korean leadership has nothing to show for 60 years of iron-fisted rule except poverty, and leader Kim Jong-il will face “the judgment of history.” In the first George W. Bush administration, Powell led international efforts to set up the now-stalled six-nation talks on Pyongyang’s nuclear arms ambitions. Powell said, “The framework has not solved the problem,” but it remains the “right framework for a comprehensive solution.” He said dismantlement of the nuclear weapons programs is the “only door.” North Korea remains reluctant to return to the multilateral talks unless UN sanctions on it are lifted and a peace treaty is forged with the United States to remove what it calls U.S. hostilities. By Kim Kyung-bin

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