February 25, 2024

As daylight grows, South Korea must choose between sovereignty or the alliance

Seoul may soon be faced with a stark decision to make

All is not well between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and American President Donald Trump. A basic difference in how each views the world in general and sees North Korea in particular has resulted in a rather public clash over both values and intentions on dealing with Pyongyang.

In short, North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un has won. He has succeeded in driving a wedge between South Korea and nearly all of its supporters including major security partner America. Kim has also effectively sidelined Japan, potentially a South Korean ally should additional forces and moral support against North Korea be needed.