Canadian analyst looks at current understanding of the deal
It was an historic meeting between N Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and U.S President Donald Trump but what really came out of it?
Charles Burton (PhD) is a professor of Political Science and specialist in Canada-China Relations at Brock University in St Catharines Ontario, and former counsellor at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing.Listen
The two leaders signed a statement to work towards de-nuclearization of N Korea and towards creating a more peaceful environment. President Trump has hailed the meeting as a big success toward that.
Professor Burton however expressed reservations about Kim’s commitment to that end, noting that similar deals with the hard-core regime have been made in the past and not been respected.
He also wonders about the security in the region with the statement by President Trump not to hold the annual large-scale joint military exercises with South Korea and how this could change the geo-political dynamics of the region, if the U.S can seemingly without much consultation with allies, decide to change their position.
The decision not to join the military exercises with S Korea will be seen as a win for Kim and also for China which is intent on increasing its power and influence in Asia. The move may be interpreted as a weakening of the U.S influence and Burton says it may push some in South Korea to seek greater ties with China, while also potentially creating more distance between the US and Japan. Which also depends to a large extent on U.S protection.
In the end, Burton feels that N Korea came out of the meeting with a more advantageous position.
He also expressed the hope that President Trump’s “gut feeling” that Kim will act in good faith is an accurate feeling.