Never bet against the U.S that was one piece of advice that Joseph Yun, former U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy gave to the South Korean government on his special appearance on Arirang TV.
On Wednesday, in a program with the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea, he sat down virtually to discuss Biden's North Korea policy, the U.S.-ROK alliance, and Biden's Asia Policy as a whole.
"Biden administration don't disown everything that Trump did. You know. Many things that Trump did right. And I think part of his North Korea policy is correct. Which is to engage north Korea in a different way."
When asked about Antony Blinken, who was confirmed at the Senate as the new Secretary of State just hours earlier he said Blinken has been paying close attention to the U.S.-ROK alliance for some time.
Yun, who's worked with Blinken, said the new secretary of state will have a different approach to the souring relationship between South Korea and Japan.
"So he did a lot of work during Obama administration trying from the back seat to get South Korea and Japan to get along… much better."
When asked about Biden's approach to China, he said the administration has a competitive agenda and cooperative agenda.
And for South Korea, it's important to understand this aspect as well as the country has been caught in between the two global giants at many instances.
"Now South Korea… shouldn't be given a black and white option. That's not what diplomacy is about."
The former diplomat sat down for nearly an hour addressing additional questions such as who will be the next U.S. ambassador to South Korea, which he couldn't foresee at the moment.
He also noted that with so many domestic issues in dire need of attention, foreign policy will inadvertently be pushed back.
Kim Do-yeon, Arirang News.