CBRN Assessment

Summit likely to improve US relations, but not substantially relax sanctions or degrade North Korean weapons capabilities

21 February 2019

North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump are scheduled to meet for the second time on 27 and 28 February in Hanoi, Vietnam.

  • This second summit will follow Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump’s June 2018 meeting, the first between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president. The resulting joint statement included a commitment by North Korea “to work towards the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula”.
  • Since January 2018, North Korea has suspended nuclear and missile testing, dismantled a missile test-stand at the Sohae site, and closed off tunnels at the Punggye-ri nuclear test site. North Korean officials assert that the US has not taken reciprocal “synchronous” steps. Specifically, North Korea has demanded a reduction in US troops in South Korea, a removal of US nuclear weapons assets in the region, and a relaxation of sanctions.

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