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Bilateralism in inter-Korea relations

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By Sandip Kumar Mishra

In the last few weeks, North Korea has made many provocative remarks about South Korea and blew up the inter-Korean liaison office at Gaeseong.

On July 7, North Korea said that South Korea should not become a "mediator" between the U.S. and North Korea. The North's recent behavior is considered to be a slap in the face to President Moon Jae-in's attempts so far to engage North Korea.

It's being forgotten that South Korea's engagement policy from the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics led to four summit meetings, two joint declarations and one comprehensive military agreement between South and North Koreas.

Furthermore, Moon's conciliatory approach toward North Korea also contributed in the North joining denuclearization talks with the U.S. and having three summit meets with the U.S.

Notwithstanding some tangible outcomes of the inter-Korea relations, unfortunately North Korea and the U.S. were unable to have a quid pro quo deal on the denuclearization of the North and relaxing sanctions on the recalcitrant country. It happened because of mistrust between North Korea and the U.S. which led both sides to seek benefits but neither were ready to pay any costs for........

© The Korea Times