Experts welcome Kim-Trump talks but warn of challenges

Many questions remain over reasons for N. Korea charm offensive and its sincerity to abandon nuclear weapons

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and US President Donald Trump.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (left) and US President Donald Trump.PHOTO: AFP
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile that was test-launched last year. Some experts say Pyongyang may demand a huge compensation for denuclearisation that the US and South Korea would be unable to pro
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un with the Hwasong-15 intercontinental ballistic missile that was test-launched last year. Some experts say Pyongyang may demand a huge compensation for denuclearisation that the US and South Korea would be unable to provide. PHOTO: REUTERS

In just one week, South Korea has sent envoys to Pyongyang to confirm an inter-Korean summit as well as broker a historic meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

But the euphoria has remained muted among experts around the region who, while welcoming the developments, remain guarded and warned of possible challenges ahead.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 10, 2018, with the headline 'Experts welcome talks but warn of challenges'. Subscribe