South Africa offers model for N. Korea denuclearisation plans

The third tunnel of Punggye-ri nuclear test ground is seen before it is blown up during the dismantlement process in Punggye-ri on May 24, 2018.
The third tunnel of Punggye-ri nuclear test ground is seen before it is blown up during the dismantlement process in Punggye-ri on May 24, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

South Africa offers the closest model for the denuclearisation of North Korea - the core issue at the upcoming United States-North Korea summit which is now again likely to take place in Singapore on June 12.

South Africa denuclearised in 1989 because the security environment fundamentally changed, and there were deep domestic political changes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2018, with the headline 'South Africa offers model for N. Korea denuclearisation plans'. Print Edition | Subscribe