A Bigger Issue Than Nuclear Disarmament

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published four books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                         It seems certain that the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is set to happen in Singapore on June 12th. What they will talk
about or do seems to be extremely secret between them. Nuclear disarmament is definitely going
to be one of the topics. But there is a far, far bigger issue than this which will most certainly not be
talked about—reducing North Korea’s military forces. Those forces will remain just as large and as
threatening as they are now. North Korea has NOT moved these forces from the demilitarized zone,
and North Korea has not significantly cut its armed forces. What numbers the North Korean armed
forces have cut has been primarily because they cannot feed all of its troops (this shows some very
serious problems with North Korea’s supply system). What we do know is that North Korea’s armed
forces encompass 25 percent of the country’s entire population (compared to South Korea, which
has a much smaller yet better equipped and trained force). North Korea’s forces also lack good
basic equipment, and a lot of their military equipment is obsolete. It seems that China has not
helped them much in this category. Nevertheless, North Korea, even with its obsolete weaponry
and poor supply lines remains a very dangerous and unstable force in the region. The nuclear
weaponry it possesses is only one part of the North Korean armed forces. North Korea military
remains a threat to not only South Korea but also to Japan as well and by extension U.S. 
military personnel in both South Korea and Japan. A heavily militarized North Korea is still a
problem and a threat in the region with or without nuclear weapons.