South Korea’s chief negotiator at the Six Party Talks, Amb. Chun Yung-woo, has joined ONN’s Engagement Network. In this two part series, he sits down with Jee Lee to discuss approaches to engage North Korea and reminisces about what he’s learned in previous negotiations.
Policy makers and diplomats find it difficult to assess the “value” of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in a negotiation setting. Over or undervaluation of facilities like Yongbyon or programmes like uranium enrichment can mar the negotiation process.
Quiet meetings between counterparts on the sidelines can help move a relationship forward and build trust.
Despite recent set-backs, the way forward with North Korea is to return to a phased approach in negotiation. Chun rejects the idea that North Korea would ever unilaterally disarm. Chun sees sanctions relief and securities guarantees as the way to build trust toward eventual freeze, then disarmament.