Patience for North Korea Nuclear Progress is Being Tested
Increasing economic and political pressure could revive tensions with North Korea in the coming months, unless significant denuclearization progress is made. “This calm that we are seeing right now is not exactly sustainable,” said Go Myong-Hyun, a North Korea analyst with the Asan Institute For Policy Studies in Seoul. North Korea’s diplomatic pivot this year to suspend provocative nuclear and missile tests helped ease tensions in the region, and produced a major diplomatic breakthrough when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un promised to work toward denuclearization when he met with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the inter-Korean Summit in April, and again with U.S. President Donald Trump at the Singapore Summit in June. While the Trump administration has said there is “no time limit” for implementing the North Korea nuclear agreement, there is growing concern that the U.S., North Korea and even South Korea could soon shift back toward...
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