September 23, 2020

Why South Korea’s “Moonshine” policy is running out of steam

As dialogue stalls, it's up to Kim Jong Un to make the next move

The recently-announced downgrading of the Trump-Moon bilateral meeting at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina to a “pull-aside” is just the latest indication that the bloom may be off the rose with regard to Washington’s enthusiasm for President Moon’s engagement policy with North Korea.

President Trump’s last minute decision to ditch Russian leader Vladimir Putin entirely in Buenos Aires may indicate further that, with troubles mounting at home over being too cozy with authoritarians like Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, having another tea with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may not seem as auspicious as it once was.