What North Korea and the U.S. Want

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Donald Trump, President of the United States, and Kim Jong Un, leader of North Korea, are supposed to meet in Singapore next month. When this happens, if it happens, both leaders will have different negotiating plans.

Washington’s plan for the summit is to achieve an irreversible, complete denuclearization. Meanwhile, Pyongyang wants U.S. hostile policy to end first. They say that’s the only way for the U.S. to achieve the complete denuclearization of the area.

Handing Weapons Over

Anonymous sources and reports keep suggesting that Kim might hand over some of his nuclear weapons from sincerity.

This would be hard to top.

It would be a dramatic, solid move that might happen soon. This move might even be enough to earn Trump a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Many think he’s a shoe-in if he’s successful in North Korea.

A Good Start?

The leader of North Korea already promised that he will stop conducting the nuclear tests. He will also stopping launch ballistic missiles. He even demolished tunnels at Punggye-ri, the only known underground testing site of North Korea.

This is a start.

But North Korea announced similar bans in history only to change their mind later. Nothing that Kim did is too costly or irreversible. Also, they didn’t say anything about not launching missiles of another kind. This is a big concern for Japan because they host many of the U.S. military bases in the area.

The End Game

Trump’s end goal in these negotiations with North Korea is to achieve total denuclearization.

Rober Carlin, Siegfried Hecker, and Elliot Serbin are nuclear physicists. They’re also experts on North Korea’s nuclear program. They produced a plan for the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

They released a roadmap on Monday. It lays out three phases over ten years.

The first year starts with cap and freeze. After this, comes the rollback phase that’s supposed to last 2-5 years. And the last phase represents the complete setting of acceptable limits.

With this plan, North Korea would stop producing and slowly release their weapons.

Questions from the American People:

  1. Is President Trump ready to lift sanctions against North Korea?
  2. Will Kim Jong Un change his mind about descaling North Korea’s nuclear program?
  3. Does North Korea have secret nuclear facilities where they will continue producing weapons?