President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met in Singapore on Tuesday.
The goal of the Trump-Kim summit was to discuss a plan to denuclearize North Korea.
In anticipation of future talks, which could take years, nuclear weapons experts drafted a three-step, 10-year plan for Trump to pursue with Kim.
The plan would permit North Korea to work on its nuclear energy and spaceflight programs, but end its efforts to build nuclear-tipped missiles.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un’s summit in Singapore has ended, but the four-hour meeting may be just the first step in a long, drawn-out series of nuclear weapons talks.
Some experts called the initial agreement between Kim and Trump “depressing” due to its lack of concrete steps to close or dismantle nuclear weapons facilities in North Korea. However, many others see it as a useful starting point.
The Trump administration says it eventually wants a deal that meets something called CVID: complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization (or dismantlement, depending on whom you ask).
But under that kind of all-or-nothing agreement, North Korea would have to stop pursuing civilian nuclear energy and spaceflight programs in addition to its weapons development. For that reason, nuclear weapons experts at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation think Kim and his envoys would likely reject CVID.
So the experts at Stanford crafted a rough plan that they think the Trump administration should pitch instead. The three-phase proposal comes close to CVID, but would face less risk of rejection from North Korea.
An alternative to total and immediate denuclearization
After the summit, David Wright, the co-director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ global security program, told Business Insider in an email that “it appears to have set the two countries …read more
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