South Korea’s new president Moon Jae-in arrived in Washington DC this week to meet with Donald Trump for their first summit. Among the issues that might be discussed over the next two days include — resolving the nuclear conflict with North Korea and the presence of U.S. military assets, particularly the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, in South Korea.
Professor Simone Chun, a fellow at the Korea Policy Institute and a member of the Korea Peace Network, joined Brian Becker on Loud and Clear to discuss what we can expect from the summit. Professor Chun emphasized the importance of Moon’s step-by-step plan to re-engage North Korea while dealing diplomatically with right-wing forces in South Korea and the volatile Trump administration.
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This article was originally published in The Nation. In less than 12 hours, the leaders of North and South Korea, Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in, will meet at the truce village of Panmunjom for a historic summit that could be the start of ending the Korean War. Leading up to the summit, the US mainstream media chose to seek out the so-called “experts” who have often been wrong about the history of negotiations between North Korea and the United States.read more
The struggle against the THAAD continues as over 1,000 riot cops forced 200 residents of Soseong-ri and anti-THAAD activists to disperse from their peaceful protest on April 23. The riot cops were yet again clearing a path for additional construction material and equipment to enter the deployment site of the THAAD missile system.read more
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The residents of Seongju and Gimcheon were caught off guard when the USFK and the South Korean Defense Ministry forced key parts of the THAAD missile system into the former Lotte Skyhill Golf Course in the early morning hours of April 26. The AN/TPY-2 radar is believed to have been transported into the deployment site.read more