Success after Singapore hinges on credible US missile defense

June 13, 2018

The Hill:

With President Trump and Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un meeting in Singapore to discuss peace on the Korean peninsula, Tuesday’s negotiations pit North Korean hopes for economic sanctions relief and security guarantees against U.S. demands for total denuclearization. Yet, it is U.S. security and that of our allies — South Korea and Japan — that must guide the American team’s position in the talks; and missile defense should be a key component of the U.S. strategic posture in Asia.

Both heads of state concede that the June 12 dialogue marks the beginning of “a process,” meaning that even a best-case scenario will not see the scrapping of Kim’s nuclear stockpile overnight — and a best-case scenario is not the most likely outcome.

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