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Seoul-Washington Alliance is Cracking

U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on September 3 (local time) that South Korea’s talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work.
U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on September 3 (local time) that South Korea’s talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work.
SEOUL,KOREA
5 September 2017 - 11:45am
Jung Min-hee

The alliance between the United States and South Korea is cracking with the North Korean threat escalating. “South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work.”. At the same time, the U.S. President is looking to scrap the KORUS FTA.

Under the circumstances, the South Korean government is still adhering to dialogue and appeasement in spite of the North’s sixth nuclear test on September 3. After the test, the South Korean government adjusted its threshold from denuclearization to a nuclear freeze and no ICBM with a nuclear warhead. On the contrary, the U.S. President said, “We’ll see,” on potentially attacking North Korea.

In addition, the U.S. government is considering secondary boycott on China for its trade with the North. This means the U.S. is going to put significant pressure on China, the biggest trade partner of North Korea, even if a trade war follows.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged Pyongyang to return to the negotiating table while denying the possibility of additional sanctions on it. The U.S. is currently urging China to stop exporting its crude oil to the North, but China is refusing to do so.

Experts are warning that South Korea may fail to raise its voice in the power game between the two superpowers if it gets stuck in the frame built by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

 

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