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World What Does Kim Jong Un Mean by 'Denuclearization'?

04:18  10 april  2018
04:18  10 april  2018 Source:   newsweek.com

North Korea's Kim told Xi he wanted to resume six-party disarmament talks: Nikkei

  North Korea's Kim told Xi he wanted to resume six-party disarmament talks: Nikkei North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told Chinese President Xi Jinping during talks in Beijing last week that he agreed to return to six-party talks on his nation's nuclear program and missile tests, the Nikkei newspaper said on Thursday. Months of chill between Beijing and Pyongyang appeared to suddenly vanish during Kim's secretive visit, with China saying that Kim had pledged his commitment to denuclearization.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping at a banquet in Beijing.Reuters / KCNA. Trump also hasn’t clarified what he has in mind when he speaks, as he did on Wednesday, of “peace and the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has officially notified the U.S. of his willingness to discuss denuclearization at a planned summit with President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said Sunday, according to Reuters.

  What Does Kim Jong Un Mean by 'Denuclearization'? © AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has officially notified the U.S. of his willingness to discuss denuclearization at a planned summit with President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said Sunday, according to Reuters.

The statement is the first direct confirmation of what South Korean envoys discussed with Trump after their trip to Pyongyang last month and Chinese media reported following Kim's historic visit to Beijing at the end of March.

It also confirms the existence of preliminary talks between American and North Korean diplomats occurring via the so-called backchannel offered by the U.N. diplomatic missions.

North Korea confirms to White House that it is willing to talk about denuclearization, administration officials say

  North Korea confirms to White House that it is willing to talk about denuclearization, administration officials say The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with President Trump by the end of next month. South Korean emissaries, in a visit to the White House last month, had presented Kim’s invitation to meet with Trump, who quickly agreed. But Pyongyang has […]The confirmation offers the administration greater assurances that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is committed to a potential meeting with President Trump by the end of next month.

North Korean leader Kim Jong - Un , right, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In at the Joint ‘ Denuclearization ’ in detail. The biggest will be reaching agreement on the precise definition of “North Korea cannot be trusted to denuclearize unless we know exactly what that means and under

But what Kim Jong Un ’s comments in China this week indicated is just how far apart North Korea and the United States are on the definition of one hugely consequential word: “ denuclearization .”

Trump stunned the world when he agreed to meet Kim by the end of May without preconditions after months of fiery rhetoric against the regime. Now, getting North Korea to clarify what it means by denuclearization is going to be one of the main challenges for the White House ahead of and during the summit.

For years, the American understanding of denuclearization entailed the "complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement" (CVID) of North Korea's nuclear weapons program. North Korea has repeatedly said it would give up its nuclear weapons only if the U.S. disengaged from the Korean Peninsula.

Pyongyang most recently detailed five conditions for denuclearization in a statement dated July 6, 2016, which all related to U.S. presence and activity in the peninsula.

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  Kim Jong Un Breaks Silence on Trump Summit Kim's reported speech mentioned the U.S. talks only in the English-language version of the state-run media.Kim gathered the top regime officials and members of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WKP) on Monday for a meeting discussing the state budget and recent developments in foreign policy ahead of the sixth session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly—the country's unicameral legislature—on Wednesday.

So, first of all, has North Korea really agreed to denuclearization ? What does that mean ? What Kim Jong Un has said is that he supports this concept of a nuclear-free world and that he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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"For North Korea, ‘denuclearization’ is an age-old, highly conditional concept that pertains to the entire Korean peninsula. It means the removal of what Pyongyang perceives as a ‘threat,’ which are the U.S. nuclear umbrella over South Korea and Japan, U.S. military forces from the Korean Peninsula and their strategic assets, and ultimately the U.S.-South Korean alliance," Duyeon Kim, visiting senior fellow at the Seoul-based think tank Korea Peninsula Future Forum, told Newsweek.

"Pyongyang has said it will consider abandoning its own nuclear weapons only when it feels secure for a long time after the ‘threat’ is eliminated," she added.

Experts doubt that the proposed Kim-Trump summit will result in North Korea giving up its weapons to the standards the U.S. expects. Indeed, some experts believe the talks are just a ploy to "buy time" to continue the development of nuclear weapons on the ground.

Trump nonetheless expressed optimism that a deal would be reached with the North Korean leader. “There is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!” Trump tweeted on March 28. According to Chinese media reports, Kim has committed to solving the issue of denuclearization "if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill."

Trump Wants One-on-One Talks With Kim at Summit, Report Says .
Donald Trump wants to go it alone with Kim Jong Un, according to a South Korean newspaper report. The U.S. president hopes to speak with the North Korean leader at their upcoming summit with only interpreters present, the Chosun Ilbo reported Thursday, citing multiple unidentified South Korean diplomatic sources.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump at Mar-a-Lago resort on April 18.Trump believes groundbreaking results can be attained only if the number of accompanying officials is minimized, one of the people was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

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