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Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has shuffled his security advisers in a bid to keep alive his campaign to formally end the Korean war and denuclearize the peninsula. While Washington-centric pundits focus on the erratic diplomacy of President Trump and the brinksmanship of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Moon is the most impressive of the three...

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Moon Looking for New Spy Chief to Advance Inter-Korean Diplomacy

From the Seoul daily The Hankyoreh comes the latest from the Blue House, as South Korea’s presidential residence is known. President Moon Jae-in, responding to belligerent moves by North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, plans to shake up his national security team. “It’s not a matter of ‘whether or not’ to replace the foreign affairs and national...

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South Korea Rejects Bolton’s Account of Trump Summit with Kim Jong Un

South Korea Rejects Bolton’s Account of Trump Summit with Kim Jong Un

John Bolton’s tell-all memoir is dismissive of South Korean President Moon Jae-in for seeking to coax President Trump into a denuclearization agreement with North. The fact that South Korea had an independent position toward its nuclear-armed neighbor annoyed Bolton, who expected South Korean deference. But President Moon, elected a platform of reconciliation with North Korea,...

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South Korea Cuts Off Intelligence Sharing With Japan

South Korea Cuts Off Intelligence Sharing With Japan

Tim Shorrock reports in The Nation; A bitter dispute between South Korea and Japan over compensation for Korean victims of Japan’s war crimes escalated last week when Seoul announced that it would terminate a 2016 bilateral agreement with Tokyo to share classified military intelligence. The unprecedented move drew howls of outrage from US officials and analysts that...

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Keep Hope Alive: South Korea’s Moon Meets Dan Coats to Save Nuclear Talks

Keep Hope Alive: South Korea’s Moon Meets Dan Coats to Save Nuclear Talks

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats is in South Korea meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Moon is trying to coax Trump into an agreement with North Korea that will end the Korea war and gradually denuclearize the Korean peninsula. On this issue, many Democrats in Washington are mindlessly siding with John Bolton against the peace-minded...