Complete Denuclearization Unrealistic, Says Ex-U.S. Negotiator

  • By Cho Yi-jun

    May 16, 2018 13:09

    A former U.S. State Department chief nuclear negotiator has dismissed Washington's demand for "complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization" of North Korea as wildly unrealistic.

    Robert Gallucci, who negotiated a nuclear deal with Pyongyang in 1994, was speaking at a seminar hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

    "I don't see anything as irreversible. I think the use of the word, which is supposed to convey a permanence, is unfortunately misleading," Voice of America quoted him as saying.

    "As a matter of fact, my most important point on this is that you can never take away from North Korea its latent, recess capability to build nuclear weapons."

    He said it is impossible to verify the denuclearization process completely.

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