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Denuclearization issue critical for success of inter-Korean summit - expert

April 27, 2:56 UTC+3 NEW YORK

"The North Korean language thus far has not been very specific <...> that suggests that they're not being particularly serious about denuclearization," Evans Revere noted

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NEW YORK, April 27. /TASS/. The denuclearization issue will be critical for the success of Friday’s meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, former US State Department expert on North Korea Evans Revere told CNN.

"One of the critical priorities for the South Korean president I think is to try to get them on the record saying something more substantial and concrete in terms of denuclearization," he said, adding he did not believe Kim Jong-un would be willing to make important concessions as far as the country’s nuclear program was concerned.

"The North Korean language thus far has not been very specific <...> that suggests that they're not being particularly serious about denuclearization," Revere noted.

A meeting between Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, the first inter-Korean summit in more than ten years, will take place in the Panmunjom border village on Friday.

On April 21, Kim Jong-un stated that Pyongyang was suspending nuclear and missile tests, shutting down the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site and joining the global nuclear disarmament process in accordance with the country’s new strategy aimed at building a socialist economy. However, experts say that North Korea and the United States may have different understandings of the term "denuclearization.".

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