Don't expect breakthrough in US-North Korea nuclear talks: Experts

Experts warn against optimism ahead of Trump's visit to Seoul after G-20 meeting

South Korean President Moon Jae-in with US President Donald Trump at the first working session of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, yesterday. Mr Trump is slated to arrive in Seoul today.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in with US President Donald Trump at the first working session of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, yesterday. Mr Trump is slated to arrive in Seoul today.PHOTO: YNA/DPA

US President Donald Trump's planned visit to Seoul this weekend, following a warm exchange of letters between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a likely stop at the border between the two Koreas, has raised cautious hopes for a breakthrough in stalled nuclear talks.

But experts warned against too much optimism, noting that the gap between Washington and Pyongyang - which led to the collapse of talks held in Hanoi in February - remains unbridgeable, and that the US may have other more pressing concerns, such as the Iran crisis and trade war with China.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2019, with the headline ''Don't expect breakthrough in nuclear talks''. Subscribe