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The East Asian Landscape After the Trump-Kim Summit

On June 12, 2018, US President Donald Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore for a first-ever summit between the two nations. Their joint declaration stated North Korea’s commitment to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula” in exchange for security guarantees from the United States. Can this declaration serve as a viable blueprint for lasting stability in East Asia. This series examines the region’s international relations and security environment going forward from the Singapore summit.

Is Complete Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula an Unattainable Goal?Kimura Kan

At their recent summit in Singapore, the leaders of the United States and North Korea agreed on the general ideas of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the provision of a security arrangement for the North. But their joint statement included nothing about concrete steps; achievement of these two goals will be extremely difficult.

North Korean Denuclearization and US-China RelationsMori Satoru

The historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un resulted in a joint statement that the countries would work toward a stable, denuclearized Korean Peninsula. But the success of these promises will depend on how the United States advances diplomatic strategy from now on—and, more importantly, how it positions its choices in the context of America’s strategic competition with China.

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