It's back to the bargaining table today for President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but experts are pessimistic that a denuclearization deal will be reached in what will be their second summit, Newsradio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Both sides are realizing that they have to deliver results, but I think the pressure, ironically, will lead to no results," UTSA's Dr. Matthias Hofferberth says.
Even President Trump is seemingly backing off from the idea that the U.S. will, alone, be able to convince North Korea to give up their nuclear arsenal.
"I don’t want to rush anybody. As long as there is no testing, we’re happy,” he said this past weekend.
No one is expecting Kim to announce he will scrap their entire nuclear program, which includes weapons, reactors, stockpiles of nuclear material and long-range missiles. But Dr. Hofferberth says that doesn’t mean real progress can’t be made, even if it takes years to implement. The expert on Global Governance and Globalization says the U.S. needs lots of help because, right now, that arsenal is the only think keeping North Korea relevant.
"The acceptance into world politics is something the U.S. cannot alone achieve. You need the global community to be part of this."
The carrots that could be dangled in front of Kim are a seat at the United Nations and cash to help them build an economy.
"Among those which I think would be juicy and interesting to North Korea would be the guarantee of full security and sovergnty."
That, he says, would take an agreement amongst many nations, and that's what it's unlikely a deal will be made this week.
He says other nations have denuclearized, so ultimately there is hope that it can be accomplished eventually