ANU EXPERTS: Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong-un before May

Friday, March 9, 2018 — South Korea’s top security adviser has announced US President Donald Trump has agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un before May, and that the North Korean has agreed to stop missile tests.

The Australian National University (ANU) has experts available to speak about the announcement

They can be contacted directly, or through the media hotline on 02 6125 7979 or


Associate Professor Matthew Sussex
National Security College
Crawford School of Public Policy
M: 0402 912 461

“We’ve seen this movie several times before, and we all know how it ends,” Associate Professor Sussex said.

Editors note: Only available for interview until 4pm today.


Dr Michael Cohen
National Security College
Crawford School of Public Policy
M: 0439 398 360

“This is the first time that sitting North Korean and US leaders have met, but we should not expect any DPRK (or US) denuclearisation breakthroughs. Assuming Trump does indeed meet with Kim in the coming weeks/months, Kim would believe that his nuclear and missile tests caused Trump to reach out, and would be unwilling to negotiate his nuclear arsenal away on terms acceptable to the US. So this is probably just a lull in the coming storm,” Dr Cohen said.


Dr Leonid Petrov
Visiting Fellow
ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
M: 0403 076 604

“The flame of PyeongChang Winter Olympics torch seems to have triggered a new thaw in inter-Korean relations. Even Donald Trump has agreed to meet with Kim Jong-un after the promise to denuclearise Korea was secured. But where will they meet? And how soon will they return to their stubborn reluctance to compromise soon after that meeting? 

“I understand that Kim cannot travel to America or South Korea, and Trump will not go to Pyongyang or P'anmunjeom on the front-line between the two Koreas. For this purpose, Beijing would serve like a perfect venue - secure, friendly and pompous. China must grab this opportunity with two hands and play the role of peacemaker and mediator, before the two parties find an excuse to sabotage the meeting and balk on this opportunity,” Dr Petrov said.


Ms Jacinta Carroll

Director National Security Policy
National Security College
Australian National University
T: 02 6125 5531
M: 0417 274 878

“The news that North Korea will suspend missile tests and engage with the US is very good news. One of the most concerning aspects of the North Korean missile tests over the past year has been the regime’s reticence to engage with the international community. But we can expect that North Korea will be seeking to hold the international community hostage to its testing regime by demanding significant concessions.

“Two things are critical: first, whether the discussions lead to negotiations on a long-term halt to testing and renunciation of aspiration to nuclear states; second, whether the concessions North Korea demands of the US and others are reasonable and practicable,” Dr Carroll said.


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