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November 08, 2019

Warnings, recriminations and a missile launch: how the US-North Korea nuclear talks died

Featuring Kristine Lee

Source: South China Morning Post

Journalist Lee Jeong-ho

When North Korean leader Kim Jong-un vowed “complete denuclearisation” last year, Washington and Seoul offered him an extra incentive to ensure the vow would stick. The allies suspended their major joint military exercises, sparking criticism from hardliners such as John Bolton, the former US national security adviser who warned that Kim was playing games.

Washington and Seoul focused on diplomatic efforts to persuade North Korea to forfeit its nuclear weapons programme. Officials in both capitals offered Pyongyang blueprints to help Kim realise his economic ambitions in exchange for irreversible denuclearisation. Some top diplomats in Seoul have described this unorthodox approach as a measure to “give peace a chance.”

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  • Kristine Lee

    Associate Fellow

    Kristine Lee is an Associate Fellow with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where she focuses on U.S. alliances and partnerships in the Indo-Pacific region, U.S.-C...