U.S. expert suggests elimination of N.K. chemical weapons as confidence-building step for nuke disarmament
YONHAP NEWS AGENCY
SEOUL, Sept. 15 (Yonhap) — The elimination of North Korea’s chemical weapons could serve as a confidence-building step to convince the communist nation to eventually give up its nuclear power, an American expert said Wednesday.
Siegfried Hecker, a Stanford University professor known for his direct experience with Pyongyang’s nuclear program, made the remarks during a Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) workshop, stressing that the North will be more likely to agree to remove its chemical weapons before agreeing to give up nuclear weapons.
“My view is we might be able to convince the North Koreans because they are not going to give up their nuclear weapons at this point because it’s sort of their security blanket,” he said. “But chemical weapons are not a deterrent, they’re terrorist weapons, so one might be able to talk (to) them.”
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