South and North Korea resuming talks could pave the way for negotiations involving the US and better relations with the regime, asserts the LA Times Editorial Board. President Trump initially seemed to see potential in dialogue between the two countries but chose intimidation with his latest tweet that boasted about his nuclear capabilities. This response was excessive and hurts the already strained relations with Kim Jong-un. South Korea is still the country most threatened by North Korea, so engaging in negotiations with Kim’s government could yield promising results. As long as the US is kept in the loop, this development could be beneficial for all.
The resumption of dialogue between the Koreas is unlikely to lead to any concessions from Kim Jong-un and is probably being used to cause a rift between South Korea and the US, argues Joohee Cho of ABC News. Certain reports indicate that the regime will launch another ballistic missile in the coming weeks. If they do, South Korea would have to choose between following the US by explicitly criticizing Kim and ceasing talks or continuing them. Meanwhile, North Korea can use these exchanges to buy time during which it will continue to test rockets. In the end, the regime probably won’t make any significant concessions.