President Moon Loses the Trust of North Korea as Prospects for Peace Look Grim

"His shameless talk of dialogue between the North and South [at a time like this] raises questions about his mental faculties… We have nothing to say to South Korean authorities and have no intention of sitting down with them again."* These are just some of the highlights of a North Korean spokesperson’s ruthless response to … Continue reading “President Moon Loses the Trust of North Korea as Prospects for Peace Look Grim”

Why North Korea May Relinquish Its Nukes

The assumption that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons, no matter the security guarantees or economic incentives, may finally be put to the test according to a report that the Trump administration is considering a groundbreaking diplomatic proposal to end its decades-long commitment to maximum pressure. Based on comments from an unidentified … Continue reading “Why North Korea May Relinquish Its Nukes”

Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting a Victory for Peace, Though Pompeo-Bolton Sabotage Looms Large

President Donald Trump yanked the US-North Korean diplomatic process back onto the rails last week by meeting Chairman Kim Jong-un in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Koreas. Tellingly, a strong majority of South Koreans approved of the meeting, while a cadre of American media shills and military industry-funded pundits lashed out against it. Critics … Continue reading “Trump-Kim DMZ Meeting a Victory for Peace, Though Pompeo-Bolton Sabotage Looms Large”

Post-Summit, South Korea Must Secure Sanctions Relief or Be Isolated From NK’s Economic Opening

News of another summit between the US and North Korean heads of state is surely encouraging for advocates of Korean peace. Hopes are high that North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has an inkling the Trump administration will budge from its commitment to "maximum pressure" – the threat of invading North Korea and economic sanctions … Continue reading “Post-Summit, South Korea Must Secure Sanctions Relief or Be Isolated From NK’s Economic Opening”

US Maximalist Stance on Denuclearization Holds Korean Peace Process Hostage

For the first time since the Singapore summit, a shadow of doubt has been cast over the Korean peace process. Its source is the United States’ unyielding demand for complete North Korean nuclear disarmament before ending the Korean War and prior to allowing the sanctions exemptions needed for carrying out North-South peace initiatives. The US’ … Continue reading “US Maximalist Stance on Denuclearization Holds Korean Peace Process Hostage”

South Koreans Reject Pro-War Old Guard as Moon’s Peace Party Wins Big in Local Elections

When South Koreans went to the polls yesterday they registered their unambiguous backing for President Moon’s Democratic Party and the peace process that is a signature policy of his administration. In doing so, they also dealt a devastating blow to the country’s main faction hostile to North Korean diplomacy. Here’s how one South Korean outlet … Continue reading “South Koreans Reject Pro-War Old Guard as Moon’s Peace Party Wins Big in Local Elections”

Democrats Use Bipartisan Anti-Diplomacy Playbook, but Moon Has Changed the Game

With the Singapore summit fast approaching, leading Democratic Senators headed by Chuck Schumer went to battle against diplomacy, issuing a letter to President Trump on June 4th demanding an impossible set of preconditions for North Korean sanctions relief. In doing so, they took a page out of an old bipartisan playbook for derailing diplomatic initiatives … Continue reading “Democrats Use Bipartisan Anti-Diplomacy Playbook, but Moon Has Changed the Game”

For Lasting Peace, President Moon Must Lead South Korea Out of America’s Orbit

It didn’t take much for the leaders of the two Koreas to put an end to the decades-long culture of crisis pervading the Korean Peninsula. With a phone call, a quick drive to the North Korean side of the Demilitarized Zone, and a public embrace, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader … Continue reading “For Lasting Peace, President Moon Must Lead South Korea Out of America’s Orbit”