February 27, 2019

President Trump, Kim Jong Un seek something basic: A definition of denuclearization

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: USA Today

Journalist David Jackson

When President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un sit down Wednesday in Vietnam, one of their goals will be rather basic: defining the very topic of their negotiations, denuclearization.

The United States basically defines the term as having North Korea eliminate all of its nuclear weapons programs. North Koreans see it as removal of all nuclear assets from the region – including those the United States put there to protect South Korea and other allies.

Bridging this definition gap is key to this week's second summit between Trump and Kim in Hanoi.

"A shared understanding is what denuclearization is," is how one administration official put it.

Read the full article and more in USA Today.

  • Kristine Lee

    Research Associate, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Kristine Lee is a Research Associate for the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She specializes in U.S. national security strategy...