Foreign Affairs: When Trump Meets Kim

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un caught the world by surprise after the two agreed to meet in May and explore the possibility of nuclear disarmament. The promise of a peace summit, following a year of strained and at times threatening rhetoric exchanged between the two leaders, revives hope that Kim may be open to de-escalation. Toby Dalton and Ariel Levite recommend that setting a “comprehensive and verified” agreement to cap North Korea’s military exercises and capabilities should be Trump’s objective heading into the peace summit. The capping agreement should also include a promise to cease improving or upgrading North Korea’s current military technology, the authors add. They also caution against any hope of a complete denuclearization in the near future and instead urge the administration to focus on achievable goals given that previous US presidents have failed to stop North Korea from arming itself with nuclear power. – YaleGlobal

Foreign Affairs: When Trump Meets Kim

Donald Trump should enter peace talks with achievable goals like a capping agreement to halt North Korea’s nuclear upgrade and activities.
Toby Dalton and Ariel Levite
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Read the article from Foreign Affairs offering recommendations for a Trump-Kim peace summit.

Toby Dalton is co-director of the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Program and co-author of Not War, Not Peace? Ariel Levite is a nonresident senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Prior to joining the Carnegie Endowment in 2008, Levite was the principal deputy director general for policy at the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission from 2002 to 2007. He also served as the deputy national security adviser for defense policy and was head of the Bureau of International Security and Arms Control, an assistant secretary position, in the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

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