The Monitor's View Hope for US-North Korea talks?

Hints and events are lining up for possible negotiations and a lessening of fear of war in Northeast Asia.

Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP

As it has done many times, the United Nations Security Council will again take up the issue of North Korea’s nuclear threat on Dec. 15. The meeting comes less than three weeks after North Korea fired a rocket that seems capable of striking the mainland United States. If past were prologue, not much might come of this latest gathering.