As US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prepare to hold a historic summit, experts warn of an increased risk of armed conflict if diplomatic talks fail to produce a nuclear agreement.
Trump and Kim are scheduled to meet on June 12 in Singapore, following a tumultuous 2017 that was marked by escalating tensions and threats of military action over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
While the summit is seen as a test for diplomacy that could end the standoff, the stakes are high if it does not lead to any progress on limiting the North’s nuclear capabilities.
“If the North Korea-U.S. summit fails to conclude in an agreement, war risks will increase, exceeding previous levels, because of another failure of diplomacy,” Alison Evans, deputy head of Asia Pacific country risk at IHS Markit, told NBC News.
Experts say the talks could run into trouble because the US and North Korea hold different…