As North Korea continues to violate international sanctions to accelerate its missile program, President Trump will meet in Washington this week with Moon Jae-in, South Korea’s new president who supports engagement with the nuclear-armed North.
During his presidential campaign, Moon signaled that, as South Korea’s leader, he would be willing to visit Pyongyang before Washington, but he has chosen the U.S. as his first foreign destination following his inauguration last month after winning the election in a landslide.
Even so, analysts say the meeting between the two leaders is likely to be amicable, with the two getting a sense of one another.
According to John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Trump’s policy of “maximum pressure and engagement” has a wide range from diplomacy to sanctions, which is likely to “overlap” with that of Moon, who seeks diplomatic dialogue with the North but does not deny the need for sanctions.
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