May 22, 2024

How domestic concerns drive Moon Jae-in’s North Korea policy

Outside observers often fail to see what really motivates the South Korean President

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has been proactively engaging North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un in a way few saw coming last year.

In addition to three high-profile summits, he has extracted promises to permanently dismantle key missile and nuclear assets, ratified a military agreement between the two Koreas, engineered the first-ever meeting between a leader of North Korea and a sitting U.S. President, and, many believe, helped prevent a war.

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