South Korea’s newly elected leader, Moon Jae-in has suggested a more nonviolent approach to North Korea, embodying his people’s fears of military conflict, asserts Victor Mallet of the Straits Times. He claims that military confrontation is not necessarily the right solution, particularly not if it ends in war. Moon is simply proposing a more diplomatic approach, to ease the high tension in the region, while remaining firm about North Korea’s transgressions, infers Mallet. In his opinion, Moon will adopt a policy that understands and appropriately engages North Korea, while working closely with the US.
Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president, threatens to derail decades of joint strategy between the US and South Korea with a more forgiving approach to North Korea, reports Saša Petricic of CBC News. He underlines that the US recently stated that a tougher stance is needed to discourage North Korea from its aggressive saber-rattling. Moon, who favors peaceful dialogue, has said that he wants to be a part of the decision-making process, indicating that he won’t follow US suggestions blindly. Petricic implies that his approach could hurt the relationship between the US and South Korea.