Getting China to rein in North Korea

Friday, November 26, 2010; 9:32 PM

Regarding former president Jimmy Carter's Nov. 24 op-ed, "Listen to North Korea":

Mr. Carter did not mention the giant panda in the room. Without convincing China that its continued unconditional support of North Korea will only harm its long-term strategic interests, any "diplomatic niceties" the United States might initiate will be for naught. Despite Mr. Carter's assertions of Pyongyang's credo of "juche," or self-reliance, China's influence on North Korea is not trivial.

For six decades, Pyongyang has proved itself an irrational actor that cannot be trusted to behave in accordance with the laws of nations. Our real challenge will be persuading China to temper North Korea sooner rather than later.

Jared Graham, Savannah, Ga.

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