Burning question over North Korea's extent of denuclearisation

US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis tells reporters on his return flight from Singapore it will be a "bumpy road" to the summit with North Korea.
From far left: US Defence Secretary James Mattis, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean National Defence Minister Song Young Moo after a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday. Mr Mattis warned
From far left: US Defence Secretary James Mattis, Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean National Defence Minister Song Young Moo after a trilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue yesterday. Mr Mattis warned that it would be "at best a bumpy road to the negotiations" between the US and North Korea at their upcoming summit.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Analysts sceptical Pyongyang will give up nuclear arms; Mattis says it'll get no sanctions relief until it has done so

For two days, the burning question at the Shangri-La Dialogue was whether countries would be willing to accept a lesser outcome than a complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation (CVID) of North Korea.

Defence analysts and experts attending the regional security forum posed this question no less than five times to various ministers, but never got a straight answer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Burning question over N. Korea's extent of denuclearisation'. Print Edition | Subscribe