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Restoring Boldness and Flexibility to U.S.-ROK Coordination on North Korea

by Guest Blogger for Scott A. Snyder Tuesday, September 1, 2009
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the telephone at the presidential Blue House in Seoul May 26, 2009 in light of North Korea's defiant nuclear test (Blue House/Courtesy Reuters). South Korean President Lee Myung-bak talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on the telephone at the presidential Blue House in Seoul May 26, 2009 in light of North Korea's defiant nuclear test (Blue House/Courtesy Reuters).

Song Min-soon is former foreign minister of the Republic of Korea and a National Assemblyman with the Democratic Party.

The North Korean issue, including its nuclear problem, has been the most difficult of many challenges to bilateral policy coordination within the U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) alliance. This is clear from the fact that since the first nuclear crisis in the 1990s, successive administrations in Seoul and Washington have alternated between periods of policy convergence and divergence. Pyongyang has since conducted two nuclear tests despite a series of bilateral and multilateral denuclearization efforts. Read more »