Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

Amid daunting security environment, Seoul should tighten alliance with US

The Korea Herald – 6 January 2021

South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. is one of the most significant in the world, with both friends sharing the same democratic values and being important trading partners for one-another. However their relations have recently encountered problems, particularly since Trump’s inauguration four years ago, with geopolitics and a differing approach to diplomacy with North Korea seeing the two countries diverge. Close military relations between China and Russia, who look to be forging closer ties with Pyongyang as well, also create a worrying security environment for South Korea.

This article in South Korea’s The Korea Herald describes the increasingly fragile security environment in the area as reason for the U.S. and South Korea to mend the fissures in their relationship and forge an even closer alliance. This can only be done if the U.S. recognises Seoul as an equal and as a priority now, instead of as a disposable part in their attempts to control North Korea.

Read the full article here.

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