South Korea’s Moon May Be on Brink of Defining Legacy

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, Kim Yong Nam, South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, on Saturday.

PYEONGCHANG – After decades of bloodshed and strife, including a runup to the Olympic Games that saw the rival Koreas lurching toward war amid a near-constant barrage of North Korean missile and nuke tests, it’s such a ludicrous concept at first glance that many refuse to even consider it.

Not South Korea’s liberal president, Moon Jae-in, a true believer in the power of Koreans talking to Koreans when it comes to solving the woes that have beset the Korean Peninsula since it was divided in 1945.

Moon has always harboured dreams of rapprochement, even as the missiles flew during his first months in office and he was forced to take a hard line during a deepening standoff featuring the South, his American ally and his northern neighbours.

Now, with an…

Original published: 2018-02-12 20:31:28 Read the full Bangkok News here


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