Top Nuclear Disarmament Expert Breaks Down the US-North Korea Summit Meeting

The U.S. is Demanding that North Korea Dismantle its Nuclear Program Quickly in Exchange for Economic Inducements
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Anthony Wier, Legislative Secretary, Nuclear Disarmament and Pentagon Spending, Friends Committee on National Legislation

(Washington D.C., Tuesday, June 12, 2018) - The on-and-off again US and North Korea Summit on June 12, 2018 in Singapore is back on after a historic meeting between President Donald Trump and a senior North Korean official late Friday afternoon (June 1).

The U.S. is demanding that North Korea dismantle its nuclear program quickly in exchange for economic inducements. Pyongyang, however, said it might give up some parts of its nuclear program — like give some missiles away — if the U.S. made its own concessions, like remove some U.S. troops from South Korea.

The Quaker lobby group, Friends Committee on National Legislation (www.fcnl.org) says that the summit affirms that war in the Korean Peninsula is not acceptable. Diplomacy is a marathon and not a sprint. Solutions to the problem must be based on negotiations, not threats.

About Anthony Wier:

Wier has spent most of his professional life on nuclear disarmament issues and is a leading expert on arms control.

Prior to joining FCNL, he served Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of State, managing a team of 20 staff handling the department’s interactions with Congress. Before that assignment, he worked on nonproliferation issues at the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.

Prior to joining the state department, he worked at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he worked on the ratification of the New START Treaty and provided expert advice on nonproliferation, nuclear weapons issues, international nuclear cooperation, international arms sales, and expert controls.

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