North Korea says it’s willing to consider denuclearization – how serious is the gesture and what’s in it for them?

Mar 6, 2018


This picture taken on March 5, 2018 and released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 6, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) shaking hands with South Korean chief delegator Chung Eui-yong (C), who travelled as envoys of the South’s President Moon Jae-in, during their meeting in Pyongyang.; Credit: STR/AFP/Getty Images


North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has reportedly said that he is open to talking to the U.S. about denuclearization.

That’s according to South Korean envoys who were in Pyongyang over the last two days, which ended with an agreement that Kim and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in would meet later in April. North Korea has made gestures towards denuclearization in the past, but this would be the first time the possibility has come up under Kim Jong-Un.

How serious is this proposal from North Korea and what are their motivations? How would the U.S. and South Korea approach such negotiations? And is there any chance that North Korea might rollback its isolationist practices, and if so, what would their soft landing into the international landscape look like?


Abraham Denmark, Asia Program Director at the Wilson Center in D.C.; former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia (2015-2017)

James ‘Spider’ Marks, expert in national security, military and intelligence; he is a retired Major General with over 30 years in the U.S. Army

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