Jae-deok Choi, YINKS Researcher
Changes in inter-Korean Relations – South Korea, let’s head North!
A South Korean train passes over a cross-border railway bridge near the Demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Paju, north of Seoul on August 21, 2009. (AFP Photo) © AFP It was last May on the Trans-Siberian train. I remember the birch forests and lakes, sparse houses, and the sunset that set on the Siberian plains. As someone who desires unification, I hoped that the Trans-Siberian Railway (TSR) and the Trans-Korean Railway (TKR) would become connected through North Korea and Eurasia,
Trump and Kim Jong-un: Climbing the Diplomatic Ladder
At the first U.S.-North Korea summit in June 2018, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un agreed to pursue “new U.S.-DPRK relations...for peace and prosperity” and Pyongyang recommitted to the “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”Since then, North Korea has maintained a moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests but made virtually no progress on denuclearization. U.S.-DPRK relations are in a new phase insofar as Trump and Kim exchange let