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ON-POINT: How will Seoul and Washington resolve N. Korea issues? Updated: 2022-05-24 05:59:23 KST

It's time for On-Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into some of the key issues in the spotlight right now. Despite North Korea facing a massive outbreak of COVID-19, it still remains firm on its ballistic missile and nuclear tests.
With U.S. President Joe Biden holding talks with President Yoon Suk-yeol, how will the new administration tackle the on-going North Korea issues alongside Washington and its allies. For this, we connect with Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Head of Department & Professor of International Relations, Department of European & International Studies at King's College London. Good morning.

First off, do you think Washington will now put more priority on North Korea issues after the leaders of South Korea and the U.S. held talks last weekend?

North Korea still refuses to accept any kind of help from Seoul and Washington, in their fight against COVID-19. But the truth is, the North Koreans need the help, and help from China alone won't be enough. Can the two allies convince Pyeongyang to accept their help?

There's still speculation that North Korea will conduct its 7th nuclear test in the near future. How do you think Seoul and Washington will respond if it does take place?

Is denuclearization of North Korea a plausible idea? It seems if there's one thing they learned about the on-going Ukraine crisis, is that, having nuclear weapons is the best deterrence against the west, as we see with Russia.

Thank you for your insights. Looking forward to speaking to you again.
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