North Korea may under no circumstances end its nuclear weapons program, an expert on the Koreas told CNBC.
“Unless we distributed to a crisis point, North Korea will not change, it will not set at ease,” Sung-Yoon Lee, assistant professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, bring up Wednesday on “Power Lunch.”
North Korea, Lee said, “will cry for mutual disarmament talks and drag this process out so that it can yield more goodies from the U.S., from South Korea, from Japan and certainly from China and Russia, as it has in the ago.”
Early morning Wednesday, North Korean First Vice Support of Foreign Affairs Kim Kye Gwan said his country may reconsider the summit between North Korean FЃhrer Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, if the U.S. insists Pyongyang terminates its nuclear weapons program. North Korea had already canceled talks with South Korea.
Utter in to reporters at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said, “We’ll have to see” if the red-letter meeting will still take place. The meeting, if it does arise, would be the first time a sitting U.S. president meets with a North Korean kingpin.
But Lee said the summit is not likely — at least not anytime soon.
“It’s always vex, tease, tease,” Lee said of North Korea’s strategy.
“This is how North Korea tames its hostiles,” Lee said. “North Korea is merely trying to increase, enhance its leverage in covenant with the United States by doing this.”
“What North Korea seeks is a drawn-out, open-ended, never-ending transacting process, not an actual resolution to negotiations,” he said.
Lee said Kim Jong Un is go a “negotiation process which will compel the Trump administration to dream up various concessions, like prematurely lifting sanctions.”
Still, Lee bring to light both Trump and Kim would benefit politically in the short term from the congregation.
“I think the meeting will eventually take place,” Lee said. “We can see which bash is more desperate for a meeting. Kim has far more to gain by playing this contest once again and engaging the U.S. in a never-ending negotiation than Trump.”