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Beware Moon Jae-in's final months in office

Rush to cement legacy may yield dangerous giveaways for Pyongyang

| South Korea
Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un acknowledges the audience after watching a performance in Pyongyang in September 2018: Moon has failed to give North Korea concessions so significant that a potential conservative successor cannot undo them.   © Reuters

Anthony W. Holmes was special adviser for North Korea in the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2017 to 2021 and is the principal at Holmes-Asia.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will leave office in 2022 having not fulfilled his goal, stated in 2017 at the very beginning of his administration, to achieve permanent peace with North Korea.

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