North Korea Intends to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, South Says

Moon says this will include eliminating all weapons and materials

Speaking today in an interview with the BBC, South Korean President Moon Jae-in says that North Korea intends to continue on a process toward complete denuclearization, detailing a multi-staged process.

Moon says that the process was “meant to start by stopping additional nuclear and missile tests, and then abolish the facilities that produce the nukes and develop the missiles, and then all the existing nuclear weapons and materials.”

North Korea is well into this process already, having stopped all the testing months ago, and has dismantled some nuclear and missile facilities. More are planned to be shut down, with North Korea interested in closing another nuclear site in return for steps toward a peace deal.

The US is reluctant to accept a peace deal until the denuclearization is finished. North Korean officials are seen as uncomfortable with completing this entire process with no confidence-building on the other side.

Author: Jason Ditz

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