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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