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Trump-Moon friction points to watch out for

The real threat to the US-South Korea alliance is bad chemistry

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A ballistic missile Pyongyang calls the Hwasong-12 blasts off in this undated photo released by the regime's Korean Central News Agency on May 15.   © Reuters

The election of the left-leaning Moon Jae-in is a confidence booster for South Korea, in terms of both the country's democratic process and the prospects for fighting endemic corruption. But it took only four days for North Korea to test an intermediate-range ballistic missile following Moon's election. The launch serves as a reminder that despite the new administration's aspirations to promote peace and reconciliation, foreign policy is likely to be the biggest challenge of Moon's presidency.

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