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N Korea at crossroads

Moon's like-minded aides steer conciliatory North Korea policy

Senior officials focused on American alliance find themselves crowded out

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Sept. 18.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- As South Korean President Moon Jae-in pursues a conciliatory approach toward the North, those who share his vision are playing a bigger role in his inner circle, sowing the seeds of discord with Washington.

Meanwhile, senior officials who place importance on South Korea's alliance with the U.S. have taken a back seat.

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