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Five Days to U.S. Presidential Election: Each Candidate's North Korea Policy Updated: 2020-10-29 16:36:21 KST

President Donald Trump has urged states to shun lockdowns as his Democratic rival Joe Biden said the pandemic could not be stopped by "flipping a switch."
Continuing a whirlwind schedule of rallies in battleground states, President Trump also mocked mask mandates.
Biden said Trump's handling of America's worsening coronavirus crisis was an "insult" to its victims.
The Democrat has a solid national lead over the Republican president six days before the 3 November election.
But Biden's advantage is narrower in the handful of U.S. states that could vote either way and ultimately decide who wins the White House.
In a week's time the fate of the next U.S. president will become more evident.
For the Korean Peninsula, whoever the winner is, challenges lie ahead.

Let's talk about it.

Joining us live in the studio is Dr. Go Myong-hyun, Research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.

Myong-hyun, good to see you again.

In terms of foreign relations with the Korean Peninsula, the two candidates - Joe Biden and Donald Trump - couldn't be more different.
Taking a look at North Korea first, in the final rounds of presidential debate, Donald Trump emphasized the personal relationship he has with Kim Jong-Un while Joe Biden referred to Kim as a "thug".
Now, recently, Kim has taken the approach of revealing a more humanistic side. He showed tears during his speech at the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party, in which he also apologized for having failed his people's trust
Is it safe to assume that Kim wants to be approached as a "friend" than a "thug"?

Regardless of a Biden or Trump win, the US is going to push for the North's denuclearization
We don't know what exactly is happening behind closed borders of North Korea - as a result of prolonged sanctions, or even impact of COVID-19.
But as the display of the latest new type of ICBM 2 weeks ago implies, Kim is not ready to yield the state's global image of nuclear strength.
Now, there's also been precedent of North Korean provocations following each US presidential election.
Do you think such an event will take place next year? How would that influence US-North Korean or inter-Korean relations?

North Korea has been building up momentum in gaining attention with what some may say at a certain level of sacrifice of South Korea.
If Joe Biden becomes the victor of the US election, North Korea isn't as much a priority than it has been for the Trump administration.
By the time Biden gets to North Korea, which some analysts see to be up to 6 months into his term, not only will it be presidential election season in South Korea
but North Korea may not wait that long and may take some sort of action
How do you read into this situation?

Not knowing who the next South Korean president may be how important of a factor is time for denuclearization talks as well as the declaration of end to the Korean War to make any way under the Moon administration?

During the presidential debate, on the topic of North Korea, Trump didn't once mention China, while Biden suggested using China to pressure North Korea - a strategy used back during the Obama administration.
Times are different now than 12 or 8 years ago. When it comes to foreign relations, the US is less focused on an Arab Spring, and has a trade war with China to deal with.
How realistic is Biden's agenda is using China to pressure North Korea given current cirucumstances?

Meanwhile, North Korea is busy with its share of foreign policy.
Just yesterday, North Korea's official newspaper highlighted friendly ties with Laos in time for the 55th anniversary of the first summit between their leaders.
And today, Chinese President Xi Jinping renewed his commitment to firm up relations with North Korea, saying the world is witnessing the "great rapid change unprecedented in 100 years."
What could this unprecedented great rapid change be referring to?

Only in terms of meeting Kim Jong-Un at some level of negotiable talks and peace on the Korean peninsula, what are the drawing advantages of both US presidentital candidates?

Dr. Go Myong-hyun, Research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, many thanks for your insights and expertise. We appreciate it.
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