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INDOPACOM chief sceptical about full North Korean denuclearisation

13 February 2019

US Navy (USN) Admiral Philip Davidson, the commander of US Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), has questioned North Korea’s seriousness about fully abandoning its nuclear weapons programme.

“We think it is unlikely that North Korea will give up all of its nuclear weapons or production capabilities, but seeks to negotiate partial denuclearisation in exchange for US and international concessions,” said Adm Davidson in a written statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of a hearing held on 12 February.

The statement, which comes before a planned summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on 27–28 February in Vietnam aimed at fleshing out measures to denuclearise North Korea, is in line with the US intelligence community’s assessment of the situation.

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