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U.S., South Korea divided on North Korea policy

U.S., South Korea divided on North Korea policy

Frank Smith

Press TV, Seoul

As annual large-scale military drills approach, signs of disagreement between South Korean and U-S policy are emerging toward North Korea; a rift South Korea’s foreign ministry denies.

Despite the reminder- for Press TV- experts suggest U.S. President Barack Obama has shown a lack of vision with his comments lately.

Moves to further sanction North Korea in the U.S Congress are in contrast to Seoul’s unification minister who said that the lifting of its sanctions on Pyongyang are on the table. Analysts believe U-S policy is handcuffing Seoul,.

As the two Koreas try to find a way to the negotiating table annual joint U.S.-South Korea military drills next month will generate tension on the Peninsula. Pyongyang has long demanded the suspension of the exercises before talks can take place.

The bulk of North Korea’s trade is done with China so U-S sanctions could have limited impact on North Korean trade. However, on the diplomatic front, South Korea seeks dialogue. And many believe Washington may be what’s currently standing between Seoul and Pyongyang.

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