Op Ed in today's Wall St Journal. Kissinger has been around a long long time and is a pretty savvy guy. The shrewdest thing he wrote was this:
"But American diplomacy will, in the end, be judged by the outcome, not the process." Which means just bringing the NORKs to a conference table doesn't count. We need a plan that the Chinese, the South Koreans and the Japanese will go along with. We have had plenty of conferences with the NORKs over the last 30 years. Each time the NORKs signed a communique, and then proceeded to violate it.
Kissinger says the key player is China. We need a deal that the Chinese are OK with, and will support. Just what this might be is unclear. The Chinese like the NORKs the way they are. They form a buffer between the Americans and the pushy South Koreans. They have a way of getting the Americans all wrapped around the axle without getting them mad at China.
Kissinger goes on to say that leaving the NORKs with nukes will cause Japan, South Korea, and Viet Nam to go nuclear themselves. Talk about instability. This threat might make the Chinese more interested in settling the NORK nuke matter.