While the press has been full of stories about frustration with North Korea’s lack of rapid follow-through on its denuclearization pledge at the Singapore summit, President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are right in saying that the United States needs to give that process time.
North Korea recently began the apparent dismantling of key facilities at its Sohae space launch center, which is a step in the right direction, since they might be used to test ballistic missiles. So is Pyongyang’s return of possible remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean War intended to help improve the political atmosphere for further talks.
But there is a long road ahead. And despite the political momentum created by the summit, there remains a danger that the effort will stall without steady progress.
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