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1. Define diplomacy.

2. What does the circular symbol in this cartoon represent?

3. What is the point of Markstein’s cartoon?

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answers.

Reprinted here with permission from Creators News Service.


1. Diplomacy – the art and practice of conducting negotiations between nations (from

2. The circular symbol represents radioactive energy [Markstein uses it in this cartoon to represent North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.] For more information on this symbol, go to or
[Note:  The radiation symbol is sometimes confused with the fallout shelter symbol.  See more at]

3. Markstein is illustrating the fact that it is impossible to negotiate with North Korea (and its leader Kim Jong-il) on its nuclear weapons program. The North Korean government is not one that can be reasoned with on a rational, reasonable level.