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Will Trump's 'exoneration' affect his N. Korea plans? Updated: 2019-03-25 19:05:07 KST

After the findings that neither Trump nor any member of his campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election, Professor Matthias Maass at Seoul's Yonsei University says the report takes Trump out of legal danger so he can focus on re-election.

"Clearly, this is a huge win on his side. For him, it must have been the fear that the legal things in there and America is very very clear on the legal side of things. So for him, clearly this remains a political fight."

For those living in South Korea, interest is mainly in Trump's foreign policy, especially on North Korea, now that he's free from the Russia probe.
But North Korea isn't a big political issue in America, so it seems Trump is holding steady.
Just two days before the Mueller report came out, Trump had said he would not be moving forward with new, large-scale sanctions against the regime.
Asked about what direction Trump will take with North Korea, Dr. James Kim says not much will change.

"I think on the North Korea-related issue President Trump is keeping an open mind on the negotiation and the U.S. really hasn't changed its previous position, which is that all channels for dialogue are still open and the ball's on North Korea's side as far as they want to reengage with the U.S. at the working level.

While some worry that Trump could ditch the North Korea issue now that he's got some more room to manouver, experts say that there's no strong link between U.S. domestic politics and policy on North Korea.
Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News.
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