Fairfield professor: Too early to say if N. Korea summit was a success

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A Fairfield University politics professor gave News 12 her thoughts on the recent summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Over the course of the summit, the U.S. made certain security guarantees and agreed to end joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for Kim's commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

Politics professor Gayle Alberda says she's glad negotiations are moving forward, but she says it's still too early to decide whether the summit was a success.

"Will they actually dismantle their nuclear arms, can they be verified, is the international community coming in to see that and make sure that it was done and done correctly?" she asks. "Those are measures I think are the wait-and-see; that's what I think is missing right now in the actual discussion."

Alberda says that while it's unknown how this all will play out on the world stage, it's likely to be viewed as a victory for Trump and Republicans ahead of an important midterm election.

Some Connecticut lawmakers took the president to task for agreeing to end joint military exercises with South Korea.

In a statement, Sen. Chris Murphy said the summit had "serious negative consequences for American national security."

North Korea has in the past agreed to freeze or end its missile program as part of 1985's Nonproliferation Treaty and 1994's Agreed Framework. Both agreements were later dissolved.

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