Trump And Kim Jong-Un Second Summit Will Focus On North Korea's Nuke Facilities

North Korean Denuclearization
Intercontinental ballistic missiles are driven past the stand with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (Photo: Reuters)

During their first meeting in Singapore last year, President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un made a lot of promises to the public. However, some of the statements made by the leaders were non-specific and vague. This has put a lot of pressure on their upcoming second meeting, scheduled to take place in Vietnam at the end of February.

Kim has expressed his country's willingness to disarm one of their biggest nuclear facilities, but only if the United States is willing to give in to some of its demands. The United States, on the other hand, will have to carefully consider if they will give it to the North's demand, which will include lifting economic sanctions. The negotiations will likely be very volatile for the two leaders, who will have to carefully choose which cards to play during their next meet up.

North Korea's Nyongbyon nuclear complex is the country's largest nuclear facility with over 390 buildings specializing in the production of plutonium and uranium. The facility located just 100 kilometers north of Pyongyang is believed to be the main staging area for all of the country's nuclear weapons production. In the recent meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim had already promised to dismantle the facility given that the United States would take a favorable response to its unspecified demands. Kim also expressed the same sentiments during his meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last year.

Following the various diplomatic summits, North Korea has slowly suspended its tests and dismantled some of its nuclear sites, including a long-range rocket launch facility. In response, the United States has suspended its military drills in South Korean, which the North has views as a "rehearsal for invasion." North Korea has also released a number of American prisoners and the remains of Americans who were killed in the previous wars. South Korea has also started negotiations to draft an end-of-war declaration, putting an end to the decades-long stalemate between both countries. It is not yet clear if the renewed negotiations would lead to a peace treaty as it would entail the withdrawal of all US troops in South Korea.

During their upcoming Vietnam summit, Trump will most likely demand the dismantling of North Korea's Nyongbyon nuclear complex. This might include the shipping of nuclear weapons outside of the country for them to be properly disposed of. The North will likely demand the removal of several economic sanctions, which could include the reinstitution of the coal and other resource trades to the country. 

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