North Korea Weighing a Return to Talks as Missile Launch Boosts its Bargaining Power, US Nuclear Expert Says

Article/Op-Ed in South China Morning Post
July 13, 2017

Suzanne DiMaggio was quoted in a South China Morning Post article about holding talks with North Korea after its latest intercontinental ballistic missile test.

Pyongyang’s latest successful intercontinental ballistic missile test has given it confidence in its negotiating power and it is seriously considering a return to talks, a top US nuclear expert who helped organise informal talks between Washington and Pyongyang said.
Suzanne DiMaggio, senior fellow at the Washington-based New America Foundation, also told the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview that the US should seize the moment with a dual strategy of “maximum pressure and engagement” to hold talks with Pyongyang, while backing up its move with pressure such as sanctions.
“The best bet would be to focus on preventing the further development of Pyongyang’s ICBM capabilities through an agreement that would suspend their nuclear and missile testing,” DiMaggio said.