H. Blix, former head UN weapons inspector, The Guardian | April 6, 2009
Threatening North Korea with military action will not work. ++ North Korea knows that it can ask for much in return for the abandonment of its nuclear program, such as food and economic assistance. ++ A treaty would be attractive "if it were signed by all the relevant great powers" as part of a larger international disarmament move. ++ North Korea has become ostracized, and the offer of international relations may have considerable value. ++ Further patience will be required if nothing can be done to persuade the current regime.