US-N. Korea Thaw Not Reminiscent of Iran-West Rapprochement

The former diplomat says talks between US and North Korean leaders would have this message for the US president that all crises could be resolved through negotiation and that he can reach an agreement with Iran through talks, not bullying
Ali Khorram  Ali Khorram

A former diplomat has cautioned against drawing too close a parallel between the North Korean and Iranian nuclear issues, saying that the recent thaw in Washington-Pyongyang ties should be interpreted in light of the “fundamentally different” status of the two sanctioned countries.
“North Korea’s situation is not comparable to Iran’s at all. There are fundamental differences between the two countries’ situation. North Korea has nothing to lose, but Iran does,” Ali Khorram told the Fararu news website in remarks published on Saturday. 
He made the comments in reference to the fact that US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, a move that abruptly reversed decades of US policy of non-engagement, threats and sanctions toward the isolated country, aimed at preventing it from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.


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