Korea Peace May Have Started with Fly Fishing

October 4, 2007 By: Marshall Cutchin

If indeed North Korea and South Korea are on the verge of reconciling after 50 years of posturing and threat, it may be that the favorite hobby of back-channel negotiator Jimmy Carter planted the seed. “Carter says he and Kim Sr. forged a bond over fly-fishing, opening the way to an exchange that turned the crisis around, at least temporarily, in 1994. Behind-the-scenes dealings also helped persuade erratic Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to give up his nuclear program in ways the United States wants North Korea to emulate.”