May 19, 2024
Analysis

In South Korean election, North Korea and its nukes barely move the needle

Voters are ignoring inter-Korean issues in favor of economy, while political parties are mirroring the public’s apathy

South Koreans are set to go to the polls in less than a week to choose their lawmakers for the next four years, but despite heightened inter-Korean tensions and even warnings about the possibility of war, North Korea has been almost completely absent from the election.

Both the ROK public and the vast majority of candidates have demonstrated a marked disinterest in North Korean issues ahead of the April 10 general elections, concentrating instead on more pressing domestic concerns.

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