From a comment I tried to post on NKzone,
"Do you really believe that it's in the US's power to avert a conflict with the DPRK no matter what the circumstances?"The response?
Its in the interests of the US to postpone North Korean developement of nuclear weapons (and missiles with the capacity to carry them) as much as possible. Any sort of deal that places restrictions on DPRK weapons programs, and consequently slows them down - though of course they will keep cheating and continue to develop them - work to the advantage of the U.S. Meanwhile, the U.S. will continue to develop missile shield technology that stems the threat posed by DPRK. Since this technology won't be available for a while, its very important to strike some kind of deal with North Korea now.
Ultimately, the United States simply does not have the cards to engage in conflict with North Korea. Given anti-American sentiment in South Korea, and DPRK having nuclear weapons - not to mention the conflict in Iraq - an armed invasion is impossible.
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