Korean unification: Prospect and global implications
KDI-Brookings Workshop on the Productivity Puzzle
Stopping North Korea, Inc.
The goal that North Korea has here is less improved inter-Korean relations per se. Their real goal, I think, would be, to the extent possible, to delink [South Korea] from the alliance with the United States. [What is to be avoided] is the situation where it appears as if South Korea and the United States are taking steps that seem to be in contradiction to one another.
[South Korea must be] realistic about [ inter-Korea talks] rather than make wildly optimistic conclusions about what the possibilities might be. There's always a danger in being too far forward-leaning toward North Korea, because it's entirely possible that North Korea will see that as a sign of weakness.
Trump has spent more time dealing with North Korea than any other foreign policy issue.
What’s unclear is how much [President Moon Jae-in's] visit [to Washington D.C.] will focus on core policy issues or whether it will serve primarily to cement — if [Moon and Trump] can — a personal relationship.
North Korea has no apparent interest in reconciliation with the new [South Korean] government, or in showing any diplomatic flexibility at all.