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Media helped create the Korea crisis

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The opinion-page article ``Charting a Course with North Korea,'' July 15, was one of the most comprehensive assessments written on the North Korean situation. I would like to direct my thanks to the author for being so enlightened. It was a comfort to read a line like, ``For the US then, patience, persistence, and resourcefulness ought to govern its approach to North Korea.''

The crisis that prompted former President Carter's visit to North Korea last month was partially, if not entirely, created by media coverage using provocative words like war imminent and preemptive strike. I know the media scared everyone, perhaps including Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, who were characterized as not quite sane. Myong-Hee Kim, Washington

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