South Asia and Beyond

Bid To Push U.S.-North Korea Talks

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in arrives in Washington, DC on Thursday hoping to get Joe Biden to revive stalled talks with North Korea. He believes recent U.S. moves focused on practical diplomatic steps in that direction are positive since the final goal remains removal of the North’s nuclear weapons.

South Korean officials were quietly optimistic about a face-to-face meeting between Biden and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The U.S. has indicated it is really up to the North if it wants to engage. This is Moon’s final year in office and he is probably looking at his legacy, therefore the renewed focus on Pyongyang despite several failed attempts in the past including by former president Trump.

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