North Korea appears to be on a charm offensive that is driving a wedge between South Korea and the United States. In the below article Scott W. Harold writing for The Diplomat outlines the challenges of the allies of the US, Japan and South Korea showing a united front.
North Korea’s youthful leader, Kim Jong-un, might seem an unlikely candidate to outmaneuver a seasoned politician like South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Yet that’s exactly what has happened over the past month, with dangerous consequences for South Korea’s security, democracy and the U.S.-Republic of Korea (U.S.-ROK) alliance.
How it occurred is a textbook example of Pyongyang’s influence operations, wedge-driving, and political warfare, elements of foreign policy at which North Korea excels. Understanding what North Korea did will be key to reducing the likelihood of a recurrence of such gambits in the future and a reinvigorated U.S. commitment to leading its allies in cooperating to confront such propaganda maneuvers will prove essential to defeating North Korea’s strategy.
Scott W. Harold is associate director of the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy, a political scientist at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty
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