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might be one of the only countries with which North Korea could have a normal conversation: the countries have historically had friendly ties. And
Mongolia has hosted negotiations between North Korea and Japan, for example,
before. However, a wide gap remains between Pyongyang’s goals and the West’s.
Until the sides come to the negotiating table, Mongolia will play its own role: showcasing an example of a country in Northeast Asia with communist roots that achieved security without pursuing nuclear weapons.