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Whatever happened to the Axis of Evil?In his State of the Union address to the U.S. Congress in 2002, President George W. Bush famously described Iraq, Iran and North Korea as an "axis of evil". In the years since, however, America has not treated each in the same way. Though Bush maintained America's hard line toward Iran, in 2006 he changed tack in dealing with North Korea and began seeking a deal – doubtless influenced by the North's first nuclear test, carried out in October of that year.Sadly, North Korea has betrayed the U.S. at least three times since then: It conducted a second nuclear test in May 2009, launched a satellite in April 2012 in defiance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, and carried out a third nuclear test in February 2013 .Accordingly, U.S. policymakers should have only limited aims in dealing with North Korea, and they should recognize that they will be achieved only by linking them to economic benefits for the Kim regime.
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