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President George W. Bush and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il are locked in a potentially deadly tango. Weapons of mass destruction, particularly North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and ballistic missile capability, are the apparent cause. But their dueling has much more fundamental ramifications, especially for North Korea. Bush seems determined to confront Kim with the ultimate dilemma of his regime: either disarm or face the consequences. This contest is being played out in the context of Bush’s global foreign policy strategy that accents preventing the “axis of evil,” which includes North Korea, from threatening or using weapons of mass destruction against the United States. The President’s foreign-policy team agrees on what they must accomplish, but is divided into “regionalists” and “globalists” regarding strategy to achieve his goals. Bush has allowed their debate to continue, giving his foreign policy a duality that is a source of concern, and some confusion among allies, friends and the primary enemy, North Korea. Bush claims he seeks a “peaceful, diplomatic” outcome in his clash with Kim Jong Il, but has ruled out negotiations with his regime. Instead, Bush seems hopeful that Kim’s regime will collapse. If it does not, an armed confrontation seems inevitable.