February 04, 2023

Despite mixed legacy, Moon Jae-in played key role to avert war with North Korea

Failures of the last few years shouldn’t overshadow the outgoing president’s deft diplomacy in the days of fire and fury

The five years of the Moon Jae-in administration are coming to an end, closing an important chapter in inter-Korean relations and providing a good time to consider how well the soon-to-be-retired president handled uneasy interactions with Pyongyang.

Moon has dealt with rather bad press about how his policy toward North Korea, which he hoped would lead to a diplomatic breakthrough that would be his major historic legacy. But is this verdict fair?