Op-ed: Why it’s time to negotiate a mutual No First Use policy with North Korea

Abigail Stowe-Thurston, our Program Coordinator for No First Use policy, wrote an op-ed in NK News

Despite the ceremony and fanfare leading up to the second summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, the leaders departed early and emptyhanded.

The U.S. and North Korean leaders suggested that negotiations would continue even though no deal was reached in Hanoi, but the future of talks appears uncertain.

Both sides seem to have reached an impasse over disarmament steps like closing Yongbyon, but as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump signal that a third summit may be on the horizon, perhaps it is time to consider a creative approach to continue the dialogue with North Korea that begins to address Pyongyang’s most urgent security concerns.

Negotiating a joint statement affirming that the United States and North Korea will not use nuclear weapons first against the other could help build confidence and create political space for Pyongyang to engage in more substantive disarmament steps. Read more