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Despite declaring a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests and dropping the demand that American troops withdraw from South Korea, Kim is unlikely to abandon North Korea's hard-won nuclear-weapons program until a credible and comprehensive agreement is reached.Nonetheless, if Trump's summit with Kim is to have a lasting impact, it is essential to move beyond simply trying to force North Korea to denuclearize and pursue a broader strategic deal aimed at opening the North to the world.America's handling of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement makes it even less likely that North Korea will agree to a narrow denuclearization accord.The North Korea challenge is no longer one of nuclear non-proliferation.The problem with this approach is clear: If the South will not give up its effective nuclear deterrent, Kim will ask why the North should abandon its own.If the U.S. needs added motivation to pursue this approach, it should consider this: It is China that faces the biggest challenge from North Korea's nuclear weapons, as it works to supplant the U.S. as Asia's dominant power.
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