53% of those asked think that Kim Jong-un won’t honour the historic denuclearisation agreement tabled by president Donald Trump
Yesterday marked a significant moment in US and North Korean history as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore to sign an agreement that will start the process of North Korea’s nuclear disarmament.
The meeting between the two leaders was the first time a sitting US president met with a current North Korean leader, in a move designed to consign decades of hostility to history. But North Korea have flirted with denuclearisation in the past, only to go back on its word. Is this time any different?
Using our own independent research, we posed the question to the public: will North Korea commit to their promise of denuclearisation?
Hold off that Nobel Peace Prize because results from our poll on Instagram show that 64% of those who voted think that North Korea will go back on its de-nuking promise. When combining these results with our Twitter poll, the average results reveal that 47% think they will remain faithful to their commitment while 53% think they won’t.
North Korea have notoriously backtracked on numerous occasions throughout history after promising to de-nuke. In 2008, it refused to let international investigators check its nuclear sites, and in 2012 it promised to suspend its uranium enrichment, but didn’t actually follow through.
If this happens with the latest agreement, it would be disastrous for Trump, and anyone who is generally opposed to nuclear obliteration, as tensions between the two nations would likely increase to their highest yet.
A mere 36% of voters in our Instagram poll think North Korea will honour its word to denuclearise, but Twitter tells a different story, with 58% of voters backing Kim to stick to his guns, or rather, to get rid of them.
The issue with the ‘promises’ and ‘agreements’ of the past is that US and North Korean leaders never physically met face to face, which is likely to give this latest promise a greater likelihood of success.
When asked how this agreement would succeed where others have failed, Trump responded, “You have a different administration, you have a different secretary of state, you have people who… it’s very important to them, and you know, we get it done”.
Our poll results were as follows:
Instagram: 36% yes / 64% no
Twitter: 58% yes / 42% no
Average 47% yes / 53% no