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[ISSUE TALK] Trump's frustrations over North Korea surface, while South Korea pushes on... Updated: 2018-07-23 12:40:51 KST


Joining us in the studio today, we have with us Dr. Go Myong-hyun from the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Thank you for making the time to come in today.

Thanks for having me.

1 - It is being reported that U.S. President Trump has railed against his officials for the slow progress on negotiations with North Korea. It seems Trump is finding out first-hand how difficult dealing with North Korea is. The concern is that Trump could become impatient and pull out of trying to reach a deal with North Korea and go back to military options. Do you think this could happen?

2 - We've seen this scene before. Before the Singapore summit, Trump said he could pull out of an unprecedented summit with North Korea. Pyongyang reacted, and the summit was back on track. Do you think Trump could pull this kind of card again? Will it work again this time?

2a - It's quite an extraordinary report, with details about how difficult Pyongyang's officials had been, especially Kim Yong-chol and his meetings with Pompeo. Why do you think North Korea is risking this kind of tactic? Bottom line is, the regime has nothing to gain from these tactics except for more isolation and stricter sanctions. Doesn't the regime want a deal as much as the U.S. does?

3 - South Korea's national security advisor Chung Eui-yong was in Washington over the weekend to meet with his U.S. counterpart John Bolton. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha was also in New York to speak to the UN Security Council. The message seems to be that South Korea is committed to North Korea's denuclearization, but when it comes to sanctions, Seoul seems to be more vague, expressing support on the continuation of international pressure and sanctions, but wanting to be excluded from some of these measures. What do you make of this?

4 - Do you think the South Korean officials would have talked about an agreement to end the Korean War with their U.S. counterparts?

5 - During Kang's trip to the UN, she also mentioned a possible trilateral summit between the two Korea's and the U.S. at the UN General Assembly in September. Do you think that could really happen?

6 - North Korean state media has been quite scathing in their attacks on South Korea over the last few days. They pointed at the economic troubles that South Korea is having, that they were admiring themselves on progress on inter-Korean relations even though they showed little concessions to North Korea, and they even threatened that if the issue of the North Korea restaurant workers who defected to South Korea was not resolved, the separated family reunions would not happen. What do you make of North Korea's confrontational attitude?

7 - Meanwhile other inter-Korean exchanges are going quite well. Road and rail inspection visits have been taking place, a unified Korean table tennis team found sucess in the Korea Open this weekend. What do you make of this dual side of the inter-Korean relationship?

8 - By having South Korean officials go to the U.S. last week, it showed once again South Korea's being actively involved in affairs with North Korea. What do you think is President Moon and his administration's objective? What are the next steps?

9 - Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S. Forces in South Korea has mentioned that North Korea has made no nuclear provocations in 235 days. He's described it as the current level of diplomacy is "like tulips blooming in the spring." What do you make of this statement?

10 - Where does the U.S. go from here? Do you think they have a plan B (which is other than starting military confrontation)?


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