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Analysis: Denuclearisation of what? U.S. switch on North Korea wording raises debate

Sumary of Analysis: Denuclearisation of what? U.S. switch on North Korea wording raises debate:

  • President Joe Biden administration have begun emphasising the “denuclearisation of North Korea”, rather than the whole peninsula, in a subtle but noticeable shift from wording embraced in previous talks with Pyongyang…
  • A child plays with old weapons displayed for visitors at the Korean War Memorial Museum in Seoul August 11, 2011…
  • REUTERS/Truth Leem In speeches, policy documents, and other communications, senior leaders including Secretary of State Antony Blinken have regularly adopted the phrase in a break from the “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula”…
  • wording has been used for a decade in many United Nations Security Council resolutions and international agreements, including the declaration signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and former U.S…
  • Blinken did not respond to a question about the wording during a briefing in Seoul on Thursday, but his South Korean counterpart, Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said emphasising the peninsula was “more correct”, highlighting a possible point of difference between the two allies…
  • “If we can say ‘denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula,’ we are more confident that we can convince North Korea to follow our suit.”..
  • The night before, South Korea Ministry of Defense said the allies had “reaffirmed the common goal of denuclearising the Korean Peninsula”, while the Pentagon said they “noted a commitment to supporting diplomatic efforts to achieve the denuclearisation of North Korea.”…

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