The article "Déjà vu on the Korean peninsula" (Feb. 14) has analysed well the double standards the United States has been adopting towards North Korea. It has, clearly and factually, exposed the confusion prevailing among the foreign policy thinkers of the Bush administration.

What amazes me is that the U.S. adopts an aggressive posture against any nation at will. Instead of making the world a safer place to live in, its policies fuel more tensions and create dangerous situations. There is an urgent need for other countries to impress upon the U.S. the futility of trying to build a unipolar world.

S. Sudhir Kumar,
Hyderabad

North Korea's demands for security guarantees and energy aid are nothing compared to the costs of another nuclear war. So it is better to meet them and maintain peace. The horrifying scenes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki still haunt us and nobody wants to see them again. Thank god for the successful talks. For, the nuclear issue affects not just a few nations but all of humanity.

Eldho Jacob Joy,

Kochi

Thanks to the success of the six-party talks, the world has been spared another major confrontation involving the U.S. and North Korea. It is good news for the peace-starved world.

Ravikumar Sreepada,

Jagtial

George W. Bush's statement that the nuclear agreement is the "best opportunity" for diplomacy to succeed in ridding North Korea of its atomic weapons and capabilities exposes his administration's double standards. It is only because Pyongyang is armed with nuclear weapons that it is being treated with respect. That a country that is the main obstacle to conducting diplomacy in Iran should advocate diplomacy as a solution elsewhere is paradoxical.

Mohammed Siraj,

Coimbatore