May 12, 2021

Pyongyang may seek neutral-state status in return for denuclearization: expert

The Stockholm Korea Center's Lee Sang-soo says promises of economic aid will not sway Kim Jong Un

North Korea may request the international community to recognize the Korean peninsula as a neutral state in return for complete denuclearization, head of the Stockholm Korea Center at the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP) Lee Sang-soo said in a recent interview with NK News.  

What Pyongyang wants from the Trump administration is security guarantees for the regime, and a formal end to the Korean War could be a means to achieve this goal, Lee said, adding it could serve as a first step to facilitate current nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.