February 25, 2024

A new Sunshine Policy? Seoul mayor calls for Kaesong reopening

Mayor - and potential presidential candidate - Park Won-soon talks North Korea policy

The outlook of Seoul’s Mayor Park Won-soon toward economic reform and North-South Korean reconciliation represents a sharp departure from much of the conventional wisdom on both the right and left.

Slash the power of the chaebol, the multi-tentacle conglomerates that totally dominate the Korean economy? Open serious negotiations with North Korea as Kim Jong Un masterminds a program for affixing nuclear warheads to the tips of missiles capable of annihilating targets in South Korea and Japan? Link both these ambitions into one cohesive package – and maintain ties with the nation that he calls “our closest ally,” the United States?