Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Incremental North Korean denuclearisation will be unacceptable - South Korea official

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Emmett Howard | 15 May, 2018, 14:35

Not only does North Korea's announcement represent "an initial step towards complete denuclearization" Moon said, but it is also a sign of commitment to the success of the upcoming summit with President Donald Trump, as well as showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is upholding the promises made during the inter-Korean summit in April.

Besides making surprising advances in its missile capabilities in 2017, North Korea's leadership has focused on peddling its significance to its own society and culture: the regime revised its constitution in 2012 to tout its nuclear ambitions, and despite saying it no longer needs to conduct nuclear tests, its nuclear capabilities still remain an essential part of Kim's domestic and worldwide clout.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has welcomed North Korea's plans to dismantle its nuclear test facility and interpreted the decision as holding three layers of meaning, he told his aides at a meeting on Monday.

"I think American credibility with North Korea started at zero".

However, Kono emphasized that Japan will not lift its sanctions on the North or begin economic assistance until the regime achieves a complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization (CVID), adding that's the global consensus. What's clear is that Washington is at least trying to offer such attractive incentives to Pyongyang that the North's leadership will find them hard to turn down. The regime's dictator Kim Jong-Un never trusted the United States and is unlikely to follow through with an agreement in any case, the former Obama official said.

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National Security Advisor John Bolton said at an interview on May 13 (local time) that the USA government's permanent, verifiable and irreversible dismantling (PVID) means every nuclear weapon should be dismantled and transferred to Oak Ridge and uranium enrichment and plutonium reprocessing capabilities should be removed. He apparently signaled that Washington might soften its hard-line position that it would stick to maximum pressure and sanctions until Pyongyang gives up its nuclear and missile program completely. Trump, a businessman-turned-president, must have kept in mind his signature "art of the deal".

The defector said the regime might be looking into tourism projects near coastal areas and eventually seek joint economic projects with South Korea.

Thae also noted that North Korea was likely to open its borders to tourism projects near its coast.

We hope Kim will accept this formula so that he can bring economic wellbeing to North Koreans and move toward peace and co-prosperity on the peninsula.

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