March 18, 2021

Denuclearisation of what? U.S. switch on North Korea wording raises debate

Featuring Duyeon Kim

Source: Reuters

Journalist Josh Smith

Officials with U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration have begun emphasising the “denuclearisation of North Korea”, rather than the whole peninsula, in a subtle but noticeable shift from wording embraced in previous talks with Pyongyang.

In speeches, policy documents, and other communications, senior leaders including Secretary of State Antony Blinken have regularly adopted the phrase in a break from the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”.

The “peninsula” wording has been used for a decade in many United Nations Security Council resolutions and international agreements, including the declaration signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore in 2018.

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Authors

  • Duyeon Kim

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Duyeon Kim, PhD, is an adjunct senior fellow with the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. Her expertise includes the two Koreas, nuclear nonproliferation, arms control, Eas...