A look back at the previous Korean nuclear talks: What worked and what didn’t

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President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are set to meet for talks in Singapore.
In the past 20 years, there have been three main inter-Korean summits and a six-year process of multilateral peace talks.
All of these negotiations prove how challenging working with North Korea is.

US and North Korean leaders are set to meet for nuclear talks in Singapore on Monday. For President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, it will be the first such meeting between a sitting US president and a current North Korean leader.

The summit follows what had been a tumultuous 2017 for Trump and Kim, during which both men traded escalating insults and nuclear threats.

The Trump administration has largely continued what it calls its “maximum pressure” campaign on the North, but has moved toward a softer tone as the summit approached.

Trump and his advisers have said the US would accept nothing less than full denuclearization before sanctions against the North are lifted, and before North Korea can be fully welcomed into the fold of the broader diplomatic community.

The results from previous summits and peace talks show that getting North Korea to seriously commit to denuclearization at any level is an immense challenge. During past negotiations, North Korea has reneged on agreements, and after getting what they wanted, and then failed to hold up their end of the bargain.

Here are some of the previous talks from the past 20 years:

Inter-Korean summit (2000):

For the first time since the division of the Korean Peninsula, the leaders of the two countries held a summit in June 2000. Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung met with former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il for two days in Pyongyang and the leaders produced an eight-point peace agreement.

What worked: The 2000 summit came roughly two years after Kim Dae-jung introduced the …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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