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Biden's Nat'l Security Adviser to Host S. Korea, Japanese Counterparts: Analysis Updated: 2021-03-31 17:12:09 KST

Meanwhile, amid heightened tensions following North Korea's missile launches and days before the new Biden administration's North Korea policy, U.S. President Biden's top security adviser is hosting his South Korean and Japanese counterparts this week.
This as Seoul's top diplomat flies to Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart.

Can they find ways to bring North Korea back to the dialogue table? Is Seoul treading a tightrope between Washington and Beijing?
Let's talk about it on Reading Between North Korean Lines with our senior North Korea analyst, Dr. Go Myong-hyun.

Dr. Go, good to see you again.

Let's start off with the strong words that came from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's powerful younger sister, Kim Yo-jong. She slammed President Moon Jae-in calling him a 'parrot raised by the U.S.', 'shameless' and 'brazen-faced'. This follows President Moon's remarks on North Korea's latest missile launch in which he said 'any action that undermines efforts for dialogue is undesirable'.
What do you think is North Korea's intent of resuming and upping its derisive rhetoric against South Korea?

The security chiefs of Seoul, Washington and Tokyo will meet in the U.S. capital on Friday as the Biden administration finalizes its North Korea policy. National Security Advisor Suh Hoon's U.S. and Japanese counterparts Jake Sullivan and Shigeru Kitamura are both well known for their hard-line North Korea policy. Would the three sides be able to iron out their differences in dealing with the North?

President Biden has said that the U.S. will respond accordingly should North Korea escalate tensions following the regime's suspected ballistic missile launch. Do you think the level of 'response' to potential North Korea provocations will also be brought to the table during the trilateral meeting?

The trilateral meeting may also mean we can SOON expect the Biden administration to announce its North Korea policy. What are you expecting?

Foreign minister Chung Eui-yong will hold talks with his Chinese counterpart on Saturday. Having to face China a day after Seoul's trilateral talks with the U.S. and Japan puts Chung in a difficult position and to this, Chung said that South Korea's stance is not ambiguous but firm that the country will further develop Seoul-Beijing relations based on strong S. Korea-U.S. alliance. How do you expect Chung to deal with the challenge?

The Seoul-Beijing foreign ministers' talks will be held in Xiamen, Fujian Province located right beside the Taiwan strait. What are your thoughts on the venue?

Dr. Go, thank you as always for your perspectives.
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