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Analyst says nobody can guarantee North Korea’s full security after its denuclearization

April 16, 2018, 13:03 UTC+3 SEOUL
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SEOUL, April 16. /TASS/. The international community is unable to guarantee North Korea’s full security should it agree to give up its nuclear program, senior research fellow at South Korea’s Sejong Institute, President of the Korean Nuclear Policy Society, Rhee Sang Yong, told TASS in an interview on Monday.

"North Korea will be demanding firm guarantees of its regime’s security as the chief condition of denuclearization," Rhee said. He believes that Pyongyang has learned certain lessons from the fate of the Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi, whose regime fell after giving up its nuclear ambitions and normalized relations with the West.

Rhee remarked, though, North Korea’s conclusions were wrong in his opinion.

"The Gaddafi regime fell not due to denuclearization or US actions, but the Arab Spring. North Korea thinks this is not so. Pyongyang should develop the awareness that if it gives up nuclear weapons, the United States will have no reasons to attack North Korea," he said.

He argues that "no one will ever be able to guarantee the security of other countries 100%"

"North Korea alone can keep its regime stable," he said. At the same time Rhee believes that for a start the United States and North Korea might give up or reduce the scale of joint military exercises which North Korea sees as preparations for an invasion.

"After Pyongyang has given up nuclear weapons it might be possible to discuss other steps," Rhee speculated.

A South Korean delegation on March 5 met with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang. It was agreed to arrange for a meeting of the two countries’ leaders. The North then expressed the readiness for a similar meeting with the US President.

A date for the inter-Korean summit was set - April 27. A meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump may take place in May or June.

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