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All foes and no friends ― for now

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By Choi Sung-jin

In June last year, President Moon Jae-in received global attention by arranging an unprecedented summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. One year and two months later, President Moon seems to be one of the loneliest ― and most troubled ― leaders in the world.

The amicable U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore turned around to a diplomatic fiasco when Trump and Kim met for the second time in Hanoi, Vietnam, this February.

The two mercurial leaders still appear to be in love, complimenting each other and exchanging "beautiful" letters. North Korea has resumed the launch of ballistic missiles, but they are too short-ranged to reach even the U.S. bases in Guam, as Pyongyang makes it no secret they are targeting the South.

Trump responded in kind, saying he was not chafed at all by these missile firings and stressing they were not warnings against America.

Pyongyang is now heaping all kinds of nasty insults on Seoul and President Moon, vowing not to sit together with the South. President Trump can hardly seem to care less, just calling for his country's longtime ally to increase its share of defense costs drastically. As Moon sees it, it is as if you introduced one of your best friends to your lover and find the friend snatched that lover from you.

China and Russia, in part encouraged by Washington's seeming distancing from Seoul and in part wary of the strengthening U.S.-Japan military alliance, are openly invading South Korea's airspace to increase........

© The Korea Times