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Experts discuss North Korea

In NHK’s Sunday talk show “Nichiyo Toron,” Canon Institute for Global Studies Research Fellow Kunihiko Miyake, Keio University Associate Professor Atsuhito Isozaki, Ryukoku University Professor Ri Sang Chol, and Hosei University Professor Satoru Mori discussed the situation in North Korea 50 days after the Singapore summit. On North Korea’s denuclearization process, Miyake said if North Korea really intends to denuclearize, it will use this as a trump card and first draw out as many benefits from the U.S. as it can. Ri said North Korea has no intention to stop developing nuclear weapons. Isozaki and Ri said that the North Korean leader was most likely behind the DPRK’s recent call for a declaration of the end of the Korean War. Miyake said such a declaration should not be made lightly since it could greatly change the raison d’etre for and the presence of the U.S. forces in Korea. Miyake, Ri, and Mori all stressed the importance of maintaining strong pressure on North Korea. Miyake added that U.S.-China relations hold the key to resolving issues related to North Korea.

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