South Korea

  • North Korea’s Other Kim Comes to New York

    North Korean Gen. Kim Yong-chol was seated barely a few feet away from Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 25. The world’s attention was focused firmly on them amid signs of a thaw in relations between North and South Korea. The two did not exchange a word.

    Now Kim, a former chief of North Korea’s main intelligence agency and a man sanctioned by both the United States and South Korea, may play a critical role in facilitating a dialogue between Ivanka Trump’s father, US President Donald J. Trump, and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    Kim, who was given a special waiver to travel to the United States, is expected in New York on May 30. He will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Salvaging the highly-anticipated Trump-Kim summit is at the top of their agenda.

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  • How Trump's Meeting with Moon Can Help Him Prepare for the Summit with Kim

    US President Donald J. Trump must use his meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to ensure that the United States and South Korea are completely aligned, with no differences that could be exploited by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his upcoming summit with Trump.

    In this way, Trump’s May 22 meeting with Moon will serve as an important prelude to the US-North Korea summit, scheduled for June 12.

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  • Sleepless in Seoul

    Why I’ve grown more optimistic that we have the chance to repair history’s bloodiest remaining divide.

    Jet lag can play tricks on the mind.

    Lying wide awake at just past three in the morning, some thirteen hours ahead of DC time in South Korea, I grow convinced we are within reach of the chance of the century to repair history’s bloodiest remaining divide. At the end of a week’s fact-gathering in Seoul, it’s hard to know whether this is rational thinking or nocturnal delusion.
    Whichever it turns out to be, a Hollywood script writer could not have framed the plot nor provided its protagonists more inventively.

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  • Oh Quoted in WBHM on Trump and Moon's Washington Meeting

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  • Kempe Quoted in Yonhap News on the Importance of the South Korea-US Alliance

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  • North Korea Threatens to Pull the Plug on Trump-Kim Summit

    North Korea has threatened to cancel the highly anticipated summit between US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in light of what it called “provocative military disturbances with South Korea,” North Korea’s state news agency reported early on May 16 local time. The Trump-Kim summit is set to be held in Singapore on June 12.

    In a surprise move, North Korea also suspended talks with South Korea scheduled for May 16 in protest over the latter’s military exercises with the United States.

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  • Wormuth Quoted in the New York Times on Reducing US Forces in South Korea

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  • Trump-Kim Summit: Distrust and Verify

    If the upcoming summit between US President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un fails to move the conversation closer to a peaceful resolution, it could result in a return to the belligerence of a few months ago, according to John McHugh, an Atlantic Council board director and former secretary of the US Army.

    “The fact that we have the opportunity to change direction here and go in a more peaceful one and having it occur so quickly is good news,” said McHugh. “But the lesson there is that we could very rapidly, if the upcoming summit is a failure, return to that [earlier] posture, which was an extraordinarily dangerous one.”

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  • Manning Quoted in Yonhap News Agency on Inter-Korean Summit

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  • Building a Smart Partnership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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    The emerging technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution offer unprecedented avenues to improve quality of life, advance society, and contribute to global economic growth. Yet along with greater prospects for human advancement and progress, advancements in these technologies have the potential to be dramatically disruptive, threatening existing assumptions around national security, rules for international cooperation, and a thriving global commerce. This report by the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security and the Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) addresses emerging technologies in key areas of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and explores innovative ways by which the United States and the Republic of Korea can cooperate around advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics; biotechnology; and the Internet of Things.

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