South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, right, and North Korea’s Ri Son Gwon met in the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea, on Jan. 9, to discuss Pyongyang’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and other issues. (Jung Ui-Chel/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)
On Jan. 9, North and South Korea met for their first direct talks in two years. The talks focused on issues that aren’t especially contentious, including North Korea’s participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea. But talking at all has its risks.
In particular, critics warn that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may be reaching out to Seoul to drive a wedge in the U.S.-South Korea alliance. Is that realistic? How robust is the U.S.-South Korea alliance?
We have looked into that question. Last month, in a visit to Seoul organized by the National Bureau of Asian Research and sponsored by the Korea Foundation, we spoke with scholars, journalists and officials from a number of Korean ministries. We found that military cooperation between South Korea and the United States is strong. But the politics of cooperation could be shaken up by unresolved differences or shocks.
U.S. and South Korean forces are deeply integrated
The U.S.-South Korea alliance has been formalized …read more
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