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Is South Korea ready to throw in its lot with Washington?

Equivocation may breed tensions in the alliance

| South Korea
Joe Biden listens as Moon Jae-in speaks during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on May 21: they evaded any explicit mention of Beijing.   © AP

Soo Kim is a policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corp. and adjunct professor at American University.

When U.S. President Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held their first summit on May 21, North Korea was not the only elephant in the room.

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