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Moon Jae-in Is Gambling with North Korea – And It Could Upset the US
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Moon Jae-in Is Gambling with North Korea – And It Could Upset the US

Michael Fuchs explains why the United States should support South Korean President Moon Jae-in's diplomatic efforts and give peace a chance.

Imagine you are the president of South Korea. Your country relies on its alliance with the United States as a deterrent against a nuclear-armed North Korea. Donald Trump criticizes your country over trade, spent the better part of a year threatening military strikes against North Korea, and reportedly even drafted a tweet ordering the withdrawal of the family members of US military stationed in South Korea, which would have been interpreted as a prelude to war.

What would you do? You’d rush to ease tensions with North Korea as fast as you could, while trying to mediate between the US and North Korea. And that’s exactly what the world witnessed this week in the third summit this year between the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Mission accomplished – for the moment.

The above excerpt was originally published in The Guardian. Click here to view the full article.

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Michael Fuchs

Senior Fellow