In the end, Pakistan seems to have proved right those who believed it too irresponsible to abstain from nuclear proliferation. There are also many more takers today to the idea that Islamabad is using its nuclear leverage to acquire weapons and establish military parity with India. As North Korea admitted to having an active nuclear weapons programme, Washington’s political and academic elite turned the spotlight on Pakistan’s role in it.
On June 30, Donald J. Trump became the first US president to set foot in North Korea. Trump made history when stepped across a low concrete marker accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and walked a few steps into the North. The two leaders agreed to have their negotiators resume an effort to reach what has so far been an elusive nuclear deal. US President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, stepped into North Korea at the border village of Panmunjom on June 30. Trump is the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea. (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)