The former deputy director of the International Atomic Energy Agency says the term 'CVIA' leaves room for civilian nuclear programs in North Korea while dismantling those for military purposes.
CVIA, which stands for complete, verifiable and irreversible abandonment, was adopted by the G7 foreign and development ministers in London this week.
The term replaces 'CVID,' in which the "D" stands for "dismantlement."
CVID is also an expression that the international community including the U.S. had pushed along with FFVD, Final, Fully Verified Denuclearization of North Korea.
Speaking to Radio Free Asia, former IAEA deputy director Olli Heinonen said "abandonment" is more of an euphemistic expression than "denuclearization and dismantlement."
He explained that while "dismantlement" means getting rid of all nuclear facilities, the word "abandonment" may leave the North with some nuclear-related parts and facilities like nuclear fuel cycle capabilities.
Heinonen, however, added that it is difficult in accurately distinguishing the difference in terms since there has been no discussion on the scope or definition of the North and denuclearization.
Meanwhile, South Korea's foreign minister said on Thursday that the U.S. will inform North Korea of its new policy toward the regime.
Speaking to South Korea's Yonhap News, Chung Eui-yong said he expects the U.S. to explain the new policy to Pyeongyang in detail.
This week in London, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken shared the details with his South Korean and Japanese counterparts.
Chung said the policy was "practical and realistic."
He added that the U.S. should appoint a special envoy for North Korea as the post remains vacant.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.