Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

North Korea in 2015: The Political Situation and Nuclear Diplomacy

Chatham House, London

Asia Programme

Participants

Ambassador Hwang Joon-kook, Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Republic of Korea
Chair: Dr John Swenson-Wright, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House

Overview

The speaker will argue that consolidation of Kim Jong-un’s rule is unlikely to forestall continued instability in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). The country will nonetheless retain an active foreign policy, trying to escape isolation and in pursuit of economic gains. Meanwhile, the five parties have recently found common ground on the conditions for the resumption of the Six-Party Talks. If the DPRK meets these conditions, the five parties are ready and willing to start serious negotiations on denuclearization. In this regard, the five parties are currently pursuing ‘exploratory talks’ to establish the DPRK’s sincerity. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.