May 20, 2024

Oh: Regional leaders show disjointed approaches to Korean reunification

Competing national interests make coordinated regional front against North Korean nuclear resolve difficult

Kim Jong Un is determined to produce nuclear weapons and all the international community can do is monitor and slow the process as much as possible, Kongdan Oh told NK News.

Oh, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, talked about recent leadership changes in every Northeast Asian country and the subsequent shifting alliances. Oh, a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, states that North Koreans have never been under a liberal, democratic system. As such, they believe they are better off accepting Kim Jong Un, but there is no real respect whatsoever toward him.

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