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S. Korea's push for peace on Korean Peninsula: Analysis Updated: 2021-12-03 17:05:52 KST

Thursday was a busy day for diplomacy surrounding the Korean Peninsula.
South Korea's National Security Advisor Suh Hoon met China's foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi in the city of Tianjin for talks on North Korea and more.
And in Seoul, the U.S. defense chief held a security meeting with his South Korean counterpart.
For more, we have Professor Kim Jae-chun from Sogang University.
Professor Kim, welcome to the program.

Suh and Yang discussed Seoul's proposal of an end-of-war declaration, involving the two Koreas, the U.S. and China.
What are the prospects there?

They also talked about ways to manage the Korean Peninsula in a stable manner and efforts to resume talks with North Korea.
What could have been discussed to bring the North back to the negotiating table?
Perhaps Seoul is expecting China's role on that?

On the same day in Seoul, President Moon Jae-in met U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.
Moon also highlighted the end-of-war declaration proposal during the meeting.
What do you make of that?

That was for diplomatic efforts but on the defense front, defense chiefs of Seoul and Washington agreed yesterday to update war plans to counter North Korea's increasing nuclear and missile threats.
Will North Korea to protest against this?

At a joint statement of the security meeting, there was mention of the Taiwan Strait, something China is sensitive about.
It was announced on the same day when Suh Hoon was meeting Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi.
What would be South Korea's strategy between the U.S. and China?

Professor Kim Jae-chun from Sogang University. Thank you for your insights.
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