Longtime alliances have been strained, agreements wiped away, tariffs erected, funding withdrawn.
Some nations have been the objects of presidential derision. Others, like North Korea, have been on the receiving end of diplomatic overtures once considered unthinkable.
For both North and South Korea, the fate of nuclear negotiations is top of mind as the two look at the U.S. election.
Let’s talk about it.
Joining us live from New York is Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Director of Korea Society and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University.
Stephen, thanks for joining us so early in the morning.
With the election results still up in the air after tight races, strong turnout and record mail-in voting leaving millions of votes still to be counted, the race is too close to call, but what are the implications of the elections for North Korea’s relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons?
Does a Biden election mean then return of U.S. policy vis-a-vis North Korea to the Obama era “strategic patience”?
South Korea, meanwhile, has struggled to deal with Trump, who has been less wedded to historic alliances than his predecessors. How would a Trump two or a Biden administration impact South Korea, U.S. alliance?
We’ve been focused on a new administration, but why should we also keep our eyes on the Hill?
Dr. Stephen Noerper, Senior Director of Korea Society and Adjunct Professor of Columbia University many thanks for your insights. We appreciate it.