Negotiating the peace


North Korea is ready to do a deal with Donald Trump, in which it exchanges its nuclear arsenal for economic investment and international status. However, before we can get there, states will have to build trust over a long diplomatic process, in which disarmament is exchanged for sanctions relief. Negotiating the Peace, a new report published jointly by the Henry Jackson Society, King’s College London and the School of Oriental and African Studies examines the negotiating positions of all six countries involved in the North Korean nuclear crisis: the US, North Korea, South Korea, China, Japan, and Russia.

Edited by Dr John Hemmings, Director of the Asia Studies Centre at the Henry Jackson Society; Dr Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Reader in International Relations at King’s College London; and Dr Tat Yan Kong, Reader in Comparative Politics & Development Studies at SOAS. The report has been endorsed by Chair of the Defence Select Committee, Dr Julian Lewis as well as former ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Warwick Morris. Built as diplomatic negotiator’s handbook, the report’s bold conclusions include the dramatic claims that: For the first time the Kim regime has reversed its national priorities – placing economic development above nuclear security. The Trump administration’s ‘Libya Model’ won’t work. A new step-by-step process of disarmament in exchange for sanctions relief is the way forward. North Korea’s regime security should be guaranteed but not at the expense of human rights.

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