World Ch. Schedule : WED 20:00 KST
* Date : 2018-07-30
Japan seems to be concerned that it will be excluded in the denuclearization process of the Korean Peninsula, which is why it is constantly trying to engage in conversations with Pyongyang. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's intentions to improve relations with North Korea is not unrelated to his domestic political career as well, as his approval rating, which had plummeted following the controversial school scandal, is rising again as situations surrounding North Korea is rapidly changing.
While North Korea may seem to be giving Japan the cold shoulder, experts also say that this is Pyongyang's strategy to gain an advantageous position in negotiations with Japan, which is leading economic sanctions against the North.
This week on [The Point: World Affairs], we sit down with Dr. Bong Yong-shik from the Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies and connect with a local expert to analyze the intentions of the Abe administration, the Kim Jong-un regime and the possibility of a summit between the two nations.