Oberdorfer on Lee Myung Bak, Kim Jong Il, North-South Relations…
The Daily NK has an interview with Dan Oberdorfer, author of “The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History” and Chair of the US-Korea Institute. Here’s Oberdorfer on how Seoul’s growing ties with Washington will affect North Korea:
I really don’t think that’s the case. I think an improved U.S.-ROK relations will give more of an incentive for North Korea to improve its relations with the U.S. and that more interchange with North Korea and more engagement, if it takes place, will be widely accepted in Seoul. That is what Seoul has been asking for a long time. I’m sure some people would be suspicious of it, but I think that’s the direction, from what people say, that everybody wants to go in.
Check out the full article here.