'Trust is essential' for Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons

Dr Ernest Moniz is in Singapore this week to discuss nuclear issues with officials.
Dr Ernest Moniz is in Singapore this week to discuss nuclear issues with officials.

To get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, trust between all sides needs to be built step by step, with verification at every turn, said former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, an architect of the 2015 deal to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons.

"There's got to be a lot of trust all around. We learnt in the Iran negotiations that trust is best built upon solemn agreements and verification," said Dr Moniz, who is now the co-chair and chief executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) non-profit group.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2018, with the headline ''Trust is essential' for Pyongyang to give up nuclear weapons'. Print Edition | Subscribe