Last week, the Asians received two news; a good one from Beijing, where an agreement was reached regarding the North Korean nuclear issue; and a bad one from Vienna, where the Iranian nuclear issue has come to a standstill. The text signed in Beijing was welcomed worldwide. North Korea abandoned its nuclear program and acceded to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. In contrast, the other five negotiating nations recognized Pyongyang’s right to have a civil nuclear program. Negotiations in Beijing were difficult, but an agreement was reached and new meetings are scheduled for November to conclude talks. This success should inspire the Iranian case. What lessons could be learned from that?
 Regarding the North Korean issue, the five states conducted among themselves numerous consultations. Pyongyang, therefore, could carry out its discussions based upon clear positions.
 There was an intermediary that was able to represent a link among all present parties: China.
 North Korea benefited from an interesting compensation from the political and economic point of view after giving up its nuclear program.

Ha&8217;aretz (Israel)
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North Korea vs. Iran″, by Young Sam Ma, Ha’aretz, September 27, 2005.