May 23, 2018

Libya model for North Korea? Trump instead leaning toward nuke disarmament in phases

Source: USA Today

Journalist: Jim Michaels

The Trump administration is leaning toward a disarmament approach that would force North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons in phases in return for sanctions relief and other rewards as specific targets are met, analysts say. 

That move acknowledges the “Libyan model” of requiring a country to dismantle everything up front is unrealistic for North Korea.

"All in one would be nice," Trump said Tuesday, referring to a requirement that North Korea dismantle its nuclear program upfront. "Does it have to be?  I don’t think I want to totally commit myself."

Trump said there may be "physical reasons" why an upfront dismantling may not be practical.  North Korea has a much larger weapons stockpile than Libya did, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be reluctant to give it up all at once.

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    Former Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a former Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the ...