South Korea’s New President & Trump Don’t See Eye-To-Eye On North Korea
South Korea has just elected a new president who has a more positive outlook towards North Korea, which might not be a good sign for Trump.
A human rights lawyer by profession, Moon Jae-in, is a son of North Korean refugees and represents the liberal Democratic party of North Korea. He had pledged to review his predecessor’s decision to work with the U.S. over the deployment of ‘THAAD‘ in South Korea to defend against potential North Korean nuclear strikes. Moon Jae-in has stated his interest in improving relations with their neighbor to the north, including the reopening of a joint industrial park within North Korea, which the previous president had branded as a way of funneling money to Kim Jong Un’s regime.
This is in complete contrast with Trump’s aggressive position towards the North Korea dictatorial-ship. With North Korea looking to exponentially grow their nuclear missiles program and capabilities, the U.S. had sent some of their most powerful Navy ships to South Korea, with U.S. officials apparently discussing the potential of launching preemptive strikes. Along with the prior government, the U.S. also pushed for a faster deployment of the ‘THAAD‘ system, which has been set up currently on a South Korea golf course.
Despite the fact that North Korea is a definite and real threat to the South Koreans, majority of the South Koreans prefer to follow a more gentler approach when dealing with Kim Jong Un’s government. It is important to keep in mind that the South Korean capital of Seoul is in the direct line of fire, especially as thousands of North Korean weapons are already lined along the border.
‘THAAD‘ also faces strong opposition from groups with regards to its safety and environmental impacts, along with the fear of China, whom is strongly against ‘THAAD’s‘ deployment, whom are inflicting heavy economical damage to South Korea.
As Moon Jae-in takes office, bringing down nearly a decade of conservative rule, relations between the U.S. & South Korea, along with ‘THAAD’s‘ future are no longer as clear and certain.
Image Source: Lee Jin-Man/ Associated Press