Challenges and Opportunities for the Next Administrations

Author
Victor D. Cha, Ellen Kim
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
Comparative Connections
Volume
14
Issue Number
2
Publication Date
September 2012
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
In May, US-Korea relations were marked by nervousness about a potential crisis with North Korea as telltale signs of activity at Punggye suggested preparations for a third nuclear test. Though a test did not occur, no one is confident that a crisis has been averted. In US-South Korea relations, differences over imports of Iran oil and US beef calmed down without causing a major hiccup. Meanwhile, a number of difficult bilateral negotiations remain unresolved. While there are signs of progress on the New Missile Guidelines (NMG), the civil nuclear talks remain deadlocked. Territorial and historical disputes between Japan and Korea have complicated and frustrated US desires to strengthen trilateral cooperation with South Korea and Japan.
Political Geography
Japan, South Korea