Update: Progress with North Korea, But Caution Ahead

Update: Progress with North Korea, But Caution Ahead

This weekend marked the first time a North Korean leader stepped foot in the South. At a peace summit, North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un and South Korean President Moon announced a public closure of North Korea’s main nuclear test site, as well as a joint-declaration to formally end the Korean War. The easing of tensions between the two countries, as a result of North Korea’s nuclear program, has shown measurable progress, though skeptics urge caution over how symbolic these actions could be. North Korea has previously deceived the international community over its nuclear weapons program and experts argue there is little chance the North plans to give up its weapons entirely, despite what Kim has proposed. In a statement at the summit, Kim Jung-Un said that if the United States guarantees not to attack North Korea, it would have no reason to acquire them. Concerns are also mounting over a possible break down in the peace process as the United States and North Korea face tough negotiations surrounding denuclearization and economic relief. President Trump will travel to North Korea next month to discuss these issues with Kim Jung-Un.

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