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Expecting North Korea to halt nuclear program unrealistic: Analyst

This file photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on August 29, 2017 and released on August 30, 2017 shows North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 lifting off from the launching pad at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang. (Photo by AFP)

A geopolitical analyst believes it is totally unrealistic to expect North Korea to halt its nuclear weapons development program given the fact that it is the very existence of such arsenal that prevents US aggression against the country.

“There have been several attempts in the past, they have made agreements in the past and it was the Americans who have broken those agreements. The North Koreans also know that the existence of the atomic weapons armory is the single most important effect in stopping an American attack upon them. They also know - and of course Iran has had this recent experience itself - that the American word simply cannot be trusted. If they make an agreement there is no guarantee that they will keep it,” James O'Neill told Press TV in an interview on Friday.


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