North Korea’s new foreign minister may switch tactics after the US elections
The first nine months of Ri Son Gwon’s rule kept up the status quo, but that could change depending on the elections
In Jan. 2020, North Korea appointed Ri Son Gwon as the new head of its foreign ministry just weeks after Kim Jong Un signaled a major policy change towards the United States.
But despite Ri’s reputation as a hardliner, his first nine months in office are not all that different from his predecessor. North Korea is continuing its “wait and see” approach with the U.S. — adopted since the Hanoi Summit in Feb. 2019 — and it’s also stonewalling South Korea because they’re no help in getting sanctions relief.
Nevertheless, all of this could change
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