Lee Myung-bak

South Korea's president appears to be threading the needle between Kim Jong Un and Trump

South Korea's president appears to be threading the needle between Kim Jong Un and Trump

The Korean peninsula over the years has been a shrimp between whales, a proverbial reference to its unwitting involvement in other nations’ disputes.

A slightly different version of that history repeated itself this week.

In striking a deal for North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in found himself sandwiched by two of his nation’s most central — yet competing — interests.

There is a desire to find reconciliation with North Korea, as the two countries have been separated by a decades-old war, and also a necessity to side with the United States, a close ally seeking to curb the totalitarian nation’s nuclear weapons...

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