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Korea: under the influence of ‘Moonshine’

By Paul Meyer      

The country’s new president, Moon Jae-in, must act delicately on defence so as not to alienate his U.S. ally.

Moon Jae-in speaks at his inauguration ceremony as the 19th president of South Korea on May 10 in the country's capital, Seoul. Jeon Han photograph courtesy of Korea.net/Korean Culture and Information Service
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The North Korean problem and the policy that the new South Korean government of President Moon Jae-in will pursue to address it were the dominant themes of a major annual gathering of regional security experts known as the Jeju Forum, which wrapped up in South Korea earlier this month. Having criticized the previous administration for trying to outsource the North Korean issue to other governments, President Moon in a message to the forum promised: “We will take the

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