While the United States has unyieldingly focused on making progress toward denuclearization in North Korea, South Korean President Moon Jae in’s first priority is to ensure that the peace process continues.
The U.S.-South Korean-Japanese trilateral relationship is more salient than ever in the aftermath of the accelerated nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
To understand what makes Putin and his allies act the way they do, you need to look beyond the myths.
So far, South Korea’s president has successfully engaged North Korea—but it is unlikely he can sustain this approach without delivering on domestic promises.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in allocated the bulk of his political capital to inter-Korean engagement during the first year and a half of his presidency. This strategy has paid dividends thus far. However, domestic and geopolitical forces are likely to determine his agenda’s success.
For the moment, the declared goals of the two Koreas appear well-aligned. Yet, skeptics were quick to contend that the summit was a mere exercise in symbolism.