In a sharp reversal from the days when he labeled North Korea part of the "axis of evil," President Bush has sent a letter to Kim Jong Il saying that if the dictator reveals the details of his nuclear program by the end of the year, the US might normalize relations with his country. The letter is the president's first ever to Kim Jong Il.
The White House attempted to downplay the importance of the letter, which an official called a mere "reminder" that North Korea has already pledged to turn over the information by the end of the month. Still, the approach marks a dramatic change. The US attitude used to be that "you don't talk to evil, you end it," said one expert.