(HorizonPost.com) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a simple request of Joe Biden during a public speech that might be paraphrased, “Be like The Donald.” He specifically addressed President Donald Trump’s work in opening a dialogue with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and de-escalating the threat of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal to the region.
In a news conference held Monday, January 18, and streamed online, President Moon expressed hope that Biden might build upon President Trump’s many accomplishments in dealing with the ruler of the hermit kingdom. Recent threats made by Kim Jong-un to increase his atomic weapons capability, including ballistic missiles launched from submarines, must certainly concern the nation that borders North Korea on the peninsula.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should hold talks with North Korea to build on progress that President Donald Trump had made with leader Kim Jong Un. https://t.co/bjmUzvURGt pic.twitter.com/2Qvf9eMZgK
— Thai PBS World (@ThaiPBSWorld) January 18, 2021
Because Biden’s wish list of cabinet-level and state department officials includes several retreads from the Barack Obama administration, many of whom were instrumental in backchannel dealings with Iran, there may be legitimate concerns about how his proposed administration might handle another terroristic regime. Perhaps Moon’s public plea will prompt a closer examination of all issues before any pacts are made or broken.
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