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Special Representative Biegun comments on DPRK denuclearization

  • February 2, 2019
  • , Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei
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Saturday’s Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Mainichi reported on a speech delivered by Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun at Stanford University on Thursday. The papers wrote that Biegun reportedly stated that it is necessary to gain a complete understanding of the full extent of the DPRK’s WMD and missile programs before the process of denuclearization is finally agreed on. Biegun reportedly added that inspections by experts are necessary to ensure the removal and destruction of stockpiles of fissile material, weapons, missiles, launchers, and other WMD. Nikkei interpreted these remarks as a warning to Pyongyang ahead of a second U.S-DPRK summit. The papers wrote that Biegun reportedly added, however, that the United States is prepared to discuss “corresponding measures” with the DPRK at their upcoming working-level talks.


Mainichi wrote that Special Representative Biegun reportedly disclosed that Kim Jong Un agreed during his meeting with Secretary of State Pompeo in Pyongyang in October to dismantle and destroy North Korea’s plutonium and uranium enrichment facilities if the United States takes “corresponding measures.”

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