June 20, 2021

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Jumin Lee

Jumin Lee is a Korean trial attorney and former Air Force officer based in Los Angeles. His bilingual thoughts about Korea and other things can be followed at @oldtype.

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Biden can save lives by focusing on everything but North Korea’s nukes

Biden can save lives by focusing on everything but North Korea’s nukes

Stopping more conventional weaponry probably won't win leaders a Nobel Peace Prize, but it would improve security

Biden can save lives by focusing on everything but North Korea’s nukes
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee May 4, 2021
South Korea’s right-wing resurgence spells uncertainty for North Korea policy
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South Korea’s right-wing resurgence spells uncertainty for North Korea policy

After summits and promises of peace, the South Korean president’s party suffered a crushing defeat at the by-elections

South Korea’s right-wing resurgence spells uncertainty for North Korea policy
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee April 9, 2021
South Korea’s silence on North Korean missile testing is disservice to nation

South Korea’s silence on North Korean missile testing is disservice to nation

Seoul shouldn't be breathing a sigh of relief when American policymakers don’t respond to short-range tests

South Korea’s silence on North Korean missile testing is disservice to nation
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee March 30, 2021
Moon’s desperate North Korea outreach is costing him credibility in Washington
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Moon’s desperate North Korea outreach is costing him credibility in Washington

Moon must prove that he’s a rational actor — not an ideologue hell-bent on inter-Korean dialogue

Moon’s desperate North Korea outreach is costing him credibility in Washington
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee March 23, 2021
It’s not just leaflets. Seoul’s new law is a historic assault on free speech.

It’s not just leaflets. Seoul’s new law is a historic assault on free speech.

The new "anti-leaflet" law insults the constitution and will have a chilling effect on North Korea-related activism

It’s not just leaflets. Seoul’s new law is a historic assault on free speech.
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee December 14, 2020
How Moon Jae-in’s shortlist of successors might shape future North Korea policy
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How Moon Jae-in’s shortlist of successors might shape future North Korea policy

Lee Jae-myung's North-South reconciliation policy would likely be far more aggressive than Lee Nak-yeon's

How Moon Jae-in’s shortlist of successors might shape future North Korea policy
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee July 29, 2020
Death of the dream? Dark clouds loom over Moon’s hopes for North-South relations

Death of the dream? Dark clouds loom over Moon’s hopes for North-South relations

Sacrificing democratic values to salvage relations with the North threatens to sour the President’s legacy

Death of the dream? Dark clouds loom over Moon’s hopes for North-South relations
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee June 15, 2020
Why Seoul must not let Pyongyang off the hook for past aggressions

Why Seoul must not let Pyongyang off the hook for past aggressions

South Korea should not throw out the May 24 Measures without genuine signs from the North that it's ready to change

Why Seoul must not let Pyongyang off the hook for past aggressions
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee May 25, 2020
What a landslide ruling party election victory means for South Korean politics

What a landslide ruling party election victory means for South Korean politics

Despite a historic result, President Moon is acutely aware that prospects for diplomacy with the North are dim

What a landslide ruling party election victory means for South Korean politics
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee April 16, 2020
How plans to send masks to North Korea sparked a political spat in the South

How plans to send masks to North Korea sparked a political spat in the South

Ahead of next month's elections, liberals in South Korea are increasingly desperate to revive cooperation with Pyongyang

How plans to send masks to North Korea sparked a political spat in the South
Jumin Lee
Jumin Lee March 23, 2020