The goal of denuclearization is just as far away as it was before President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met, a national security expert told Business Insider.
Trump has praised the “great progress” he and Kim made towards denuclearization at Tuesday’s summit in Singapore.
But the joint statement the two world leaders signed is little different from April’s Panmunjom Declaration and years of pledges from North Korea.
Despite a joint statement signed by President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the goal of denuclearization is “just as far off today as it was yesterday,” a national security expert has told Business Insider.
At Tuesday’s summit, Trump told reporters that the negotiations had gone “better than anybody could have expected.” In the afternoon, he and Kim issued a statement which said the North Korean leader “reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
And since leaving Singapore, the president has tweeted that “great progress was made on the denuclearization of North Korea.” “The world has taken a big step back from potential nuclear catastrophe! No more rocket launches, nuclear testing or research!” he also tweeted.
But Ned Price, who served in the Obama administration as a special assistant to the president and as a National Security Council spokesperson, told Busines Insider that in reality essentially nothing has changed.
“Diplomacy will always be better than war, and we should hope that continued engagement moves the ball forward toward denuclearization. But that goal is just as far off today as it was yesterday,” Price said.
Of four pledges made in Trump and Kim’s joint statement, the text regarding denuclearization reads: “Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
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Source:: Business Insider