More than 50 global leaders will meet in Seoul, South Korea next week to advance talks on nuclear security. While the first Nuclear Security Summit was held in Washington in 2010 and laid the foundation for securing the world’s loose nuclear materials, next week’s talks will likely be impacted by North Korea’s planned satellite launch in April. Still, the talks should produce some sort of an accord, notes Senior Fellow Jonathan Pollack.
The more interesting question is what [South Korean president] Moon Jae-In’s administration does about this if [North Korea's missing ambassador to Italy] really wants to defect. Moon would like to have another summit with Kim Jong Un and want him to visit Seoul. And I’m sure the Moon administration would be worried that this would complicate the effort to put one together. What’s unique about [North Korean] diplomats is that they have much more opportunity to defect than anybody else living in North Korea. If they are being reassigned to Pyongyang and afraid of not getting out of there again, they might take this opportunity.