October 01, 2023

DPRK unlikely to denuclearize after war in Ukraine: Ex-ROK ambassador to Kyiv

Former South Korean diplomat says Seoul should cooperate with Pyongyang while pursuing ‘nuke-to-nuke’ deterrence

The war in Ukraine makes it even more unlikely North Korea will denuclearize, Seoul’s former Ambassador to Kiyv Lee Yang-goo told NK News in an exclusive interview.

Pyongyang will likely see any sort of disarmament deal with the West as likely to fail in similar fashion to the Budapest Memorandum, which saw Ukraine hand over Russian nuclear weapons in its territory in exchange for security assurances, he said.