Trump-Kim Hanoi summit

Lack of agreement on how to denuclearise

US wants full denuclearisation; North wants threats removed from South as well

Missiles are driven past Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang during a military parade, on April 15, 2017.
Missiles are driven past Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang during a military parade, on April 15, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have met twice after a flurry of working-level talks, but both sides have yet to come to an agreement on what constitutes "denuclearisation".

"Denuclearisation is a very important word," Mr Trump told a press conference after talks with Mr Kim in Hanoi last Thursday. "A lot of people don't know what it means, but to me it's pretty obvious. We have to get rid of the nukes."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 03, 2019, with the headline 'Lack of agreement on how to denuclearise'. Print Edition | Subscribe