NORMALIZING, NOT DENUCLEARIZING, NORTH KOREA
The Mansudae Grand Monument in Pyongyang in 2014 depicting Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il (right), with visitors paying homage. Wikimedia Commons
By Gi-Wook Shin and Joyce Lee
East Asia Forum-Oct 3
The historic Trump–Kim Singapore summit in June and subsequent high-level meetings offer a diplomatic opening on the Korean Peninsula. Progress has been made on the non-nuclear fronts of the Singapore deal, such as the suspension of the US–South Korean joint military exercises and the repatriation of the remains of the US prisoners of war. But the current cold streak of progress on denuclearisation suggests that North Korea is determined to set as slow a pace as possible.
First published in: East Asia Forum