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Trump-Kim Summit: Sham denuclearisation

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Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal

PRESIDENT Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un had a historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. The mercurial leaders’ summit was a major diplomatic breakthrough between technically still-warring nations. It signals the United States is prepared to recognize North Korea as a ‘normal country’, and also the former’s settlement of a standoff over latter’s nuclear arsenal. Thought the Summit has pulled back Korean peninsula from the brink of nuclear war, yet it is too early to conclude that the process of ending the nuclear weapons program of North Korea has realistically begun.
This Summit took place at the time when Americans are buffeted by war weariness and also confronting revival of strategic competition among the Great Powers. Therefore, the Trump administration does not afford any military operation in the Korean Peninsula that end up in an asymmetrical warfare like 2001 Operation Enduring (Afghanistan) and 2003 Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq). After the failure of his coercive diplomatic tactics to terrorize North Korean ruling elite, he rationally decided to engage autocratic regime diplomatically.
The North Korean ruling elite is aware of the Americans limitation. They have confidence in their nuclear deterrent. Despite having confidence in their nuclear deterrent, they are weary of economic sanctions. They realize the........

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