Busy times for Korea watchers! Another one from me, this time on NK News examining South Korean president Moon Jae-in's North Korea policy:
How Moon Jae-in's North Korea Policy Differs from His Predecessors [NK News]It seems timely to consider in greater detail how Moon Jae-in is approaching North Korea. Comparing Moon’s Berlin Speech from July 2017 with Kim Dae-jung’s Berlin Declaration from March 2000, in which the Nobel Prize-winning Kim set forth his “Sunshine Policy,” reveals the ways in which Moon’s basic approach toward North Korea is similar, yet different, from his liberal predecessors.Moon’s Berlin Speech and Kim’s Berlin Declaration share the same fundamental posture, as both Presidents emphasized a continuous flow of peaceful economic exchange. Both Moon and Kim also declared that they would not seek a regime change for North Korea, and in exchange, demanded North Korea desist military provocations, including the development of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. But there are two significant differences between Moon’s Berlin Speech and Kim’s Berlin Declaration: namely in the threat of force and sanctions and an emphasis on multilateralism.