February 18, 2020

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Wang Son-taek

Wang Son-taek is diplomatic correspondent for South Korea’s YTN news network and one of the country’s leading journalists on North Korea and diplomatic affairs.

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Why neither the U.S. nor North Korea want a return to diplomacy anytime soon

There is little demand domestically in either the U.S. or the DPRK for another summit between their two leaders

Wang Son-taek February 12, 2020

As the new year dawns, the leaders of the two Koreas are worlds apart

Moon Jae-in remains tied to a failed policy as Kim Jong Un reverts to the hardline style of the past

Wang Son-taek January 13, 2020

Why, in planning its next move, North Korea is keeping experts guessing

Western discourse on the DPRK is rife with misunderstanding about Pyongyang's real needs and intentions

Wang Son-taek December 26, 2019

The looming deadline in nuclear talks: Kim's three options before the year's end

The DPRK leader wants a deal with the U.S., but he can fall back on Russia, China, and "Juche" should efforts fail

Wang Son-taek November 29, 2019

Beyond the impasse: the answer to solving the GSOMIA dispute lies in the past

Historical issues between the two countries must be resolved if the U.S. is to achieve its trilateral alliance

Wang Son-taek November 7, 2019

What Kim Jong Un's recent Mt. Paektu climb tells us about leadership legitimacy

The DPRK leader is presented as a man who has overcome many obstacles, and is ready for the challenges of the future

Wang Son-taek October 29, 2019

What to expect from North Korea's brinksmanship diplomacy going forward

The disastrous Hanoi summit likely pushed the DPRK into taking a more hardline position

Wang Son-taek October 9, 2019

One year since the Pyongyang Declaration: how inter-Korean relations went sour

President Moon must take stock of where things went wrong and work to restore trust with Kim Jong Un

Wang Son-taek September 18, 2019

Mr. Moon's inter-Korean policy has hit a dead-end

Despite attempts to engage with the North, the ROK President has been met with insults since Hanoi

Wang Son-taek August 29, 2019

Kim Jong Un's new tactic: the return of "brinksmanship diplomacy"

Recent moves are fine-tuned to pressure the South while stopping short of aggravating the U.S.

Wang Son-taek August 6, 2019