If they continue to focus more on security and protocol than the denuclearization issue, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un could end up meeting for another photo op, as they did a year ago in Singapore, but achieve little progress.
3a - There was talk after the first summit that a joint liaison office between North Korea and US could be established in North Korea.
Hecker's team had estimated the size of North Korea's arsenal in 2017 at 30, bringing a possible current total of 37 weapons.
The billionaire has touted North Korea, which has a gross domestic product per capita of US$1,800 (S$2,440), as an attractive investment destination for five years, even before the thawing of inter-Korean relations last year.
'They have continued the machinery to turn out plutonium and highly enriched uranium, ' Hecker said, 'but it also depends on weaponization - the design, build and test and then the delivery.
"When they ended missile testing, those things rolled backwards. So when I look at the whole spectrum, to me North Korea.is less unsafe today than it was at the end of 2017, in spite of the fact that they may have made another five to seven weapons worth of nuclear material".
Gen. Abrams stressed that even if the United States eliminates the nuclear menace, USA troops will need to remain in the region to combat other conventional threats to American interests posed by North Korea.
Kim pledged during the first summit with Trump June to work towards denuclearization of the Korean peninsula but there has been little concrete progress. A top USA commander says he's seen little to no change in North Korea's military readiness or a slowdown in its nuclear weapons program since President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un met for nuclear talks a year ago. North Korea has demanded "corresponding measures" from the United States in return for these above actions [reversible dismantlement of tunnels].
Last week, Trump said he would hold his second meeting with Kim in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi on February 27 and 28. For three decades of intermittent starvation and eccentric despotism, North Korea has sought to build a nuclear arsenal....
Trump described those talks as "very productive" but the State Department has offered no sign of progress and Biegun and his counterpart have agreed to meet again before the summit.