By: Ambassador Alexander “Sandy” Vershbow

What is the kernel of the issue?

The Biden administration shouldn’t give up on the goal of denuclearization of North Korea, despite the failure of top-level negotiations between former President Trump and Kim Jong-un. 

Why is the issue important?

The North Korean nuclear and missile threat continues to grow, and accepting North Korea as a nuclear weapons state could lead Japan and South Korea to pursue nuclear weapons of their own, jeopardizing regional stability and US non-proliferation goals. 

What is the recommendation?

The Biden administration should go back to the 2018 Trump-Kim Singapore Summit statement as the basis for a step-by-step “parallel track” approach. This could lead to denuclearization, peace on the Korean peninsula, and normalized relations between Washington and Pyongyang in tandem with the gradual easing of sanctions. 

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