While the prospect of negotiations between North Korea and the US are beginning to look very promising, experts say there is "no way" North Korea trusts the US and would ever sign off on its nuclear weapons program.
Earlier this month, South Korean president's office, the Blue House, announced that North Korea's Kim Jong Un was willing to abandon his country's nuclear arms if certain conditions were met. The Blue House also said North Korea would suspend provocations like nuclear and missile testing during negotiations.
After meeting with South Korean officials, President Donald Trump seemed optimistic about the North's proposal, and agreed to meet with Kim by May, with the potential to discuss denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula.
However, experts remain skeptical of North Korea's pledges to halt its nuclear weapons development.
John Mearsheimer, co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, said there is "no way" North Korea could trust the US enough to abandon its nuclear ambitions.
"North Korea is not going to give up its nuclear weapons," Mearsheimer said at a lecture hosted by the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies in Seoul on Tuesday, according to Yonhap. "The reason is that in international politics, you could never trust anybody because you cannot be certain of what their intentions are."
Mearsheimer said that "there's no way North Koreans can trust the U.S." when it comes to a denuclearization deal. He cited examples of the US' unsuccessful denuclearization deals in the Middle East, including Muammar Gaddafi who gave up Libya's chemical weapons and was killed less than a decade later.
"If you were North Koreans, would you trust Donald Trump? Would you trust any American presidents?"
Mearsheimer added that there was no country that "needs nuclear weapons more than North Korea," in order to protect its leader. While the US has not explicitly stated its intention to pursue a regime change in the North, Trump and his administration have certainly alluded to the possibility.
Mearsheimer added that North Korea was even less likely to give up their weapons in the current climate.
"Give up their nuclear weapons? I don't think so, especially as security competition heats up in East Asia. You wanna hang on to those weapons."
After what we did to Libya how could anybody trust us?
Yes,what the US did to Libya and all the others....North Korea is fine as long as it keeps its nuclear capacity....the US are cowardly TERRORISTS,they only pray on the weak & defenceless!
This guy with the ridiculous haircut may be an idiot but he is not so stupid as to trust the US.
He knows what happened to Qadaffi and is well aware that he could be in for the same treatment the minute he gives up his nuclear arms. Who can blame him? The US have proven over and over again that they can not be trusted, they break their promises the very second they are announced and they have violently removed many a leader from their country.
Trump does not yet have control over the Deep State, the mercenary fighters are still causing havoc in many places and it will take many many years for anyone to ever trust the US again, maybe never! However, we can hope for a peace agreement between the two Koreas at least.....
Agree and with the latest changes occurring are we deeper into wwiii now?
Trust issues emerging: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/eurasiareview/VsnE/~3/jrD5xYGJxdI/?u...
They bombed his water supply project to the people I recently discovered. Didn't know about that.