Dr. Sungmin Cho had an article published on the Defense One website entitled “The Coronavirus Gives the US a Chance to Restart Talks with North Korea.” Here is an excerpt from the article.
“Even as Kim launches missiles to distract his worried populace, he is seeking US aid for his country’s battle with COVID-19. Despite Pyongyang’s denials, available evidence suggests that COVID-19 has arrived in North Korea. It is worth trying to assess the scale of the outbreak there, how it might affect the country’s internal politics and external actions — and whether it opens opportunities for U.S. officials to advance nuclear negotiations with their North Korean counterparts. President Trump believes so; the New York Times reported Saturday that Trump sent a letter to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un offering help against the coronavirus.”
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Dr. Sungmin Cho is a Professor, Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are his own.