Ambassador Christopher Hill

Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at the University of Denver

North Korea Denuclearization Talks and the Art of the Deal

About the Topic

Despite talk of a second summit, President Trump and Kim Jong-un remain committed to opposing strategies for the full denuclearization of North Korea. The President says he wants complete nuclear disarmament before sanctions are lifted. Kim wants steps toward sanctions relief first, warning that otherwise, his country would have “no option but to explore a new path in order to protect our sovereignty.” China’s President Xi, having met Kim four times in the past year, suggests the two men “meet each other halfway.” Where is the starting point for meaningful negotiations? Are there real prospects for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula?

About the Speaker

Ambassador Christopher Robert Hill was a career member of the senior foreign service. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Hill headed the U.S. delegation to the Six-Party (Korean) Denuclearization Talks and served as assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, having previously been Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. Other assignments included ambassador to Iraq, Poland, Macedonia, special envoy to Kosovo, special assistant to the president and senior director for Southeast European Affairs in the National Security Council. He is currently a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, a global business strategy firm and chief advisor to the chancellor for Global Engagement and professor of the Practice in Diplomacy at the University of Denver.