Don`t expect North Korea to disarm: Ex-Obama aide

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 10:23

Washington: The former top White House official on counter-proliferation says diplomacy is unlikely to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and the best to hope for is a verifiable freeze in its production of fissile material.

Gary Samore, who resigned from his White House position in January, yesterday said it`s not practical to achieve nuclear disarmament unless there`s a change of leadership in Pyongyang or a fundamental change in the strategy of its ally China.

Samore told a forum on US-Korean affairs that a more attainable goal is a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests that would delay the North`s progress toward having a weapon that can hit the US.

North Korea has offered to negotiate after months of provocations and a February nuclear test.


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First Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 10:23

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