North Korea's Kim Jong Un may be willing to discuss his country's nuclear arsenal with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but that doesn't mean the reclusive regime will curtail or halt existing programs, strategists told CNBC.
Nuclear prowess is a crucial component of Pyongyang's identity. The pariah state has even built monuments at nuclear test sites to memorialize past intercontinental ballistic missile tests.
Still, the isolated country has promised to close its main nuclear test site, its state-run Korean Central News Agency reported in April. The news prompted Trump to declare on Twitter that North Korea had agreed to "denuclearization" even though KCNA's statement did not use that term or express that sentiment.
Halting tests and missile launches and dismantling sites don't reflect a commitment to roll back nuclear capacities and hardware, warned Tong Zhao, a fellow at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, a Beijing-based policy think tank.