Denuclearization of North Korea won't happen overnight- analyst


Posted at Jun 12 2018 06:47 PM | Updated as of Jun 12 2018 08:17 PM

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MANILA - North Korea is unlikely to get rid of its nuclear weapons in the "near future" despite the historic meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a global security analyst said on Tuesday. 

Dr. Martin Navias, senior fellow at the Center for Defence Studies in King's College London, said the meeting between Trump and Kim was an important step forward, but total and complete nuclearization of North Korea will take time. 

"Trump and Kim Jong Un will hold out denuclearization as a long term aspirational objective to which all the parties will move towards. But it's not going to happen overnight," Navias said in an exclusive interview with ANC's Market Edge. 

Instead, Trump and Kim could work towards what Navias called "short-term wins." 

Kim will work for a reduction of the sanctions on his regime, while Trump will push for a freeze on North Korea's nuclear program and the reduction or destruction of missiles capable of hitting the United States, Navias said.