Abstract: North Korea has spoken with South Korea in talks today about the possibility of giving up its nuclear weapons program in return of hosting reunification measures and hosting a more formal summit meeting in April and would rid it self of nuclear weapons if the South posed no military capability threat. This article is more about North Korea wanting to talk to the US as well and Trump being cautious about North Korea’s statement.
New York Times also has a good, in-depth article about this (link attached here)
Senior Policy Director Alexandra Bell was quoted in Stars and Stripes regarding North Korea’s statement it would talk to the U.S. about denuclearization.
Alexandra Bell of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, said there’s a precedent for canceling the exercises or reducing the scale of the drills.
“Based on previous North Korean statements and actions, it is difficult to believe they are ready to give up their nuclear weapons program now,” she said in an email.
“In the early stages, formal talks should focus on further reducing tensions and coming to smaller-scale agreements, such as a ‘freeze for freeze’ where both sides agree not to hold military exercises or test missiles/nuclear weapons,” she added. Read more