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Singapore summit reaction: some Korean-Americans skeptical

June 12, 2018 07:28 PM

TROY - Jinah Kim is the owner of the popular Korean restaurant Sunhee's Kitchen in Troy. She's very active, not only in the business community, but also with refugees and social issues. She, like many others, is evaluating the Singapore Summit.
     
"I'm curious and I seriously doubt that anything will really be done. They'd had conversations like this before, but we've never seen any kind of progress," she said.

NewsChannel 13 also talked to Dr. Len Cutler, a political science professor at Siena College.

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"Our aim is to have complete, total, verifiable denuclearization.  Experts have suggested to achieve that goal, it has to be phased over a period of five to seven years, at least," he said.  "You're not dealing with Iran here.  You're dealing with a bona fide nuclear power.  They have over 30 nuclear weapons at various sites throughout the country."

Cutler says the meeting is setting the stage for future negotiations. He notes that agreements have fallen apart before.

"Kim is the other winner here with respect to establishing a sense of, not only recognition, but identifiability, if you will.  And I have to use the word legitimacy, in terms of the international community, because here he is with the president of the most powerful nation on earth," said Professor Cutler.

Jinah Kim says she's skeptical.  

"For me, it's just empty words," she said.  "I want to see what actually happens, to see if they take steps to get rid of their nuclear weapon programs. I would also like to see them address and actually recognize what's happening inside the country with their people and how political rights are being violated and how there are still political prison camps existing. And also, we can't ignore the voice of North Korean refugees who have fled to South Korea and around the world, and what their stories are and what they're saying about the regime."

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Kumi Tucker

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