18.02.27 Noko and Soko

March 28, 2018
Quick Reads background image

Dueling Headlines

U.S. forges significant trade deal with South Korea.

North Korean leader makes milestone trip to China.

Timing Is Everything.

Why This Matters

Kim Jong Un:
Why Travel To China Now?

  • China remains North Korea’s ONE major ally. Arguably, without China, North Koreans would starve and freeze.
  • Kim has meetings planned with SoKo President Moon Jae-in & President Trump in coming weeks.
  • Show of unity as reports surface of a major trade pact between South Korea, and it’s ally, the U.S.

U.S. & SoKo Trade Deal

  • SoKo to allow 25,000 more U.S. car imports – a 50% increase.
  • U.S. to exempt South Korea from certain proposed steel tariffs, but will *still* restrict steel imports.
  • Bottom Line: Both countries walk away with a ‘win.’
  • P.S. Show of force not just economic. Joint annual military drills begin on Easter Sunday, April 1st.

What’s At Stake:

  • North Korea = Nuclear power that threatens U.S.
  • U.S. uses sanctions to pressure NoKo to give up nuclear weapons program.
  • NoKo signaled to SoKo it’s open to talks & denuclearization.
  • SoKo announced meeting between President Trump & Kim Jong Un by end of May.

Reminder: Approx 25,000 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. Interesting Fact: This maybe Kim Jong Un’s first foreign trip after taking power in 2011, but he actually attended school in Switzerland.

  • Kim, Xi portray strong ties after N. Korean leader”s visit: https://apnews.com/060ca55f694740b9945268b10d7b0090?
  • Revamped deal widens US access to South Korean car market: https://apnews.com/94ee2c7850b1472d8f1d4c7de1f9ef7e?
  • US and South Korea announce start date for annual militaryA exercises: http://wtkr.com/2018/03/20/us-and-south-korea-announce-start-date-for-annual-military-exercises/
  • Long read, but worth it when you have time:A THEA EDUCATIONA OF KIM JONGa\u0013UNA https://www.brookings.edu/essay/the-education-of-kim-jong-un/A During the 1990s famine, in which as many as 2a\u00133 million North Koreans died as a result of starvation and hunger-related illnesses, Kim was in Switzerland. His childhood was marked by luxury and leisure: vast estates with horses, swimming pools, bowling alleys, summers at the family”s private resort, luxury vehicles adapted so that he could drive when he was 7 years old. For Kim, skiing in the Swiss Alps and swimming in the French Riviera must have seemed part of his birthright. Kim had a temper, hated to lose, and loved Hollywood movies and basketball player MichaelA Jordan.
    __Fujimoto, the sushi chef, has described Jong-un”s mother as not very strict about education and says that he was never forced to study. His friend and classmate in Switzerland said of Kim: We weren”t the dimmest kids in the class but neither were we the cleverest. We were always in the second tier a| The teachers would see him struggling ashamedly and then move on. They left him in peace. Jong-un was apparently unbothered by his less-than stellar scores; as his classmate noted, He left without getting any exam results at all. He was much more interested in football and basketball thanA lessons.

by Jenna Lee,