October 20, 2021

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mintaro Oba

Mintaro Oba is a contributing analyst to NK Pro. He was worked as a political speechwriter and is a former Korea Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

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The June 12 Kim-Trump summit: what to expect

Much will depend on how the two sides manage expectations

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaJune 10, 2018
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With the Singapore summit cancelled, what next for U.S.-North Korea relations?

Cool heads will need to prevail if military action is to be avoided

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaMay 25, 2018
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What Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran deal means for North Korea

While not a game-changer, the decision to scuttle the JCPOA sends the wrong message to Pyongyang

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaMay 8, 2018
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The inter-Korean summit: what lies ahead

The diplomacy of the coming months will be shaped by what Moon and Kim agreed on Friday

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaMay 2, 2018
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How Japan can stay relevant on North Korea

Tokyo can hedge its bets by siding with Trump - or position itself as a more moderating force

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaApril 26, 2018
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How U.S. planning for a Kim-Trump summit might pan out

Ahead of the historic meeting, White House officials must make sure the President is ready - and that expectations are managed

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaApril 13, 2018
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Why Trump firing Tillerson is bad news for North Korea policy

With a DPRK-U.S. summit on the horizon, the State Department finds itself without a leader

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaMarch 14, 2018
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Who can replace Joe Yun, Washington’s top North Korea diplomat?

The President will have a tough time filling the shoes of a consummate negotiator

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaFebruary 27, 2018
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How the U.S. should respond to Kim Jong Un’s summit offer

Washington must avoid undermining inter-Korean progress

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaFebruary 18, 2018
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Why Trump called out his own Secretary of State on North Korea

The President's outburst risks damaging the credibility of the State Department

Mintaro ObaMintaro ObaOctober 2, 2017