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Trump Needs a Tough North Korea Deal, But Not Because of Iran

  • Geography and history makes cases too different: Ex-diplomats
  • Nuclear threat in Asia may be less explosive than Middle East
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Asan Institute’s Choi Kang and Harvard University’s John Park talk about the upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Donald Trump will be under political pressure in Singapore this week to ensure any deal he makes with North Korea is tougher than the one Barack Obama struck with Iran. The comparison may be misleading.

Geography and history make the two negotiations fundamentally different, former diplomats and nuclear disarmament experts say. North Korea’s neighbors have lived with its nuclear arsenal for years now. Iran sits near weak and failed states with fragile borders and histories, as well as Israel, heightening the risk that even the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran could provoke war.