SEOUL/TOKYO -- There is more at stake than Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program as next week's summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un approaches. The fate of North Korea's economy, which is being hit by international sanctions, also hangs in the balance. Kim would like the sanctions lifted; he would also like some foreign investment and technology transfers.
The sanctions were imposed last year by the U.S. and other countries fearful of the unpredictable country's advances in nuclear weaponry and ballistic missiles. They are exacting an economic toll that is undermining the young dictator's six-year reign.