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Four contentious nuclear issues for success of 3rd Trump-Kim summit

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By Jun Bong-geun

Since the so-called "no-deal" summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February, Washington-Pyongyang relations have remained tense and tenuous.

North Korea has test-fired short-range ballistic missiles, a submarine-launched ballistic missile and "super-large" multiple rocket launchers more than 10 times since May.

In addition, the North abruptly ended its working-level talks with the U.S. early this month in Stockholm without any agreement, while blaming Washington for not being prepared for the meeting. In the past, such North Korean military provocations and unilateral actions might have caused American retaliatory measures and consequently led to the collapse of negotiations.

This time it was different. Both Trump and Kim have managed to keep bilateral relations afloat through exchanges of "personal letters" and a "surprise" meeting at the truce village of Panmunjeom.

As both leaders still show interest in each other for various political and personal reasons, a potential third Trump-Kim summit could be held at some point. However, in order to hold a new summit, four contentious nuclear issues should be negotiated and agreed upon, as both leaders have learned from the Hanoi summit that a "no-deal" summit is not an option anymore. Then what are those four issues?

First, the U.S. presented........

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