Expert weighs in on Trump-Kim nuclear summit agreement
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed an agreement to work towards denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, during Monday's historic summit.
"It's not a misplaced superlative to say that this meeting was something special.. whether it leads to something permanent.. a permanent improvement of the situation remains to be seen," Senior fellow for the East-West Center, Denny Roy said.
Roy weighed in on the historic signing saying that while this is a positive first step for the two leaders, it still may be a long road ahead. Adding that it remains unclear whether both Trump and Kim Jong Un are even on the same page regarding the definition of "denuclearization."
"That doubt was I think rekindled when we saw during the press conference.. President Trump used the phrase "denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," which is the way the North Koreans say it and what they mean by that is the North Koreans will get rid of their nuclear weapons when the United States does it first and that's certainly not the U.S. idea," Roy said.
Back when tensions were high between the United States and North Korea, there was worry in Hawaii about being caught in the nuclear crossfire. Regardless, an elected official still stands by his mission to beef up the country's missile defense.
Last week, Senator Brian Schatz along with Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan introduced legislation that would strengthen the United States' missile defenses.
Prior to Monday's historic meeting, Senator Schatz said in a statement"
"When it comes to North Korea, we can hope for the best while still planning for the worst. I strongly support diplomacy, but in the meantime, this bill beefs up our missile defense system and protects Hawai‘i, Alaska, and the U.S. mainland from rogue missile threats."
The bill would authorize the full development and deployment of a space-based sensor layer, and work with allies and trusted partners to share missile defense capabilities.