Dmitri Trenin, the director of the Carnegie Moscow Centre, said ahead of Thursday’s talks that Mr Putin will likely encourage Kim to continue constructive talks with the US, reflecting Russia’s own worry about the North nuclear and missile programmes. … [Read more...] about Russia says North Korea needs security guarantee if it is to denuclearise
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Seoul and Tokyo are mired in a deepening political and trade dispute, which is fanning concerns that it might undercut three-way security cooperation to fend off North Korea’s nuclear threats. … [Read more...] about Trump says Japan and South Korea ‘need to get along’
Domestic reforms will also be necessary, although some of these have already been in train for some time. The process that Marcus Noland and I have called "marketization from below" began during the great famine of the early 1990s, when households were forced to scramble for their livelihoods. It appears that Kim Jong Un has allowed the development of formal and informal markets to move along, even if top-down reforms have been harder to see. Indeed, sanctions may have even pushed this process along, forcing local substitution for imports. … [Read more...] about 3 ways poverty-stricken North Korea can strike it rich
Led by national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the new negotiations are supposed to ensure progress toward Trump’s goal: removing North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability. With the president personally directing the U.S. government’s messaging, officials are being careful not to get out ahead of him. A White House spokesperson declined to share any details on what Pompeo and Bolton have planned next week and the State Department did not respond to a request for comment. … [Read more...] about Trump Has Promised More Talks With North Korea. Here’s What To Expect.
South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told the Washington Post in remarks published Wednesday that Seoul is seeking to convince the United States and North Korea to exchange the shutdown of Pyongyang’s Yongbyon nuclear research site for a peace treaty to end the Korean War. Yongbyon is a facility believed to feature at least one nuclear reactor and technology to enrich and prepare nuclear material to be used in the harnessing of energy. It is not a nuclear bomb testing site or weapons development site, but the material developed there can be used to further North Korea’s illegal development of nuclear weapons. … [Read more...] about South Korea Wants to Trade Ending Korean War for Yongbyon Facility Closure