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Impasse over N. Korean Nuclear Aims Persists

North Korea resists pressure to halt a nuclear energy program the United States fears could be used to develop nuclear arms. The nation's ambassador to China says North Korea is defending against U.S. aggression. South Korea's president-elect may try to mediate, and China could be a key diplomatic player. Hear from Anthony Kuhn and from James Lilley, a former U.S. envoy to China and South Korea.

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Anthony Kuhn is NPR's correspondent based in Seoul, South Korea, reporting on the Korean Peninsula, Japan, and the great diversity of Asia's countries and cultures. Before moving to Seoul in 2018, he traveled to the region to cover major stories including the North Korean nuclear crisis and the Fukushima earthquake and nuclear disaster.