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Maru Kitteh

(28,433 posts)
Fri Mar 10, 2017, 10:29 AM Mar 2017

Chaos in South Korea follows impeachment of President - Russia, China stand to gain

Last edited Fri Mar 10, 2017, 11:19 AM - Edit history (1)


Protests erupt in South Korea after impeachment - How South Korea's political turmoil could upend ties with the US

(CNN)The impeachment of President Park Geun-hye will usher in new leadership that could take a vastly different approach to South Korea-US relations.

Will the next leader in Seoul agree with the United States on key issues including North Korea and the placement of a US-built missile defense system on South Korean soil? Or will South Korea favor a shift? Will it seek closer relations with China, its largest trading partner?

State Department spokesman Mark Toner characterized Park's ouster as a "domestic issue on which the United States takes no position." He also stressed the close US ties with South Korea as "a linchpin of regional stability and security."

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to arrive in Seoul next week.

What comes next

With Park's ouster, South Korea will hold a snap election within 60 days in what is guaranteed be a campaign frenzy. Opinion polls so far show the left-leaning Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012, as the front-runner.

Liberals in South Korea typically favor a more conciliatory approach with Pyongyang, and many oppose the US missile defense system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which is designed to intercept incoming missiles, conceivably from North Korea.


"If progressives take power, I do think issues like THAAD and North Korea policy could be on the table, which would have huge consequences for the US right now," said David Kang, director of the University of Southern California's Korean Studies Institute.
After nine years of conservative leadership and a scandal-marred Park presidency, South Korea may be signaling it's ready for a change. The conservatives lost their majority in a shock defeat in parliamentary elections last year. New leadership in Seoul could mark a shift on two key issues in US and South Korea relations -- the missile defense system and the position on North Korea.

THAAD and China: It's complicated

The first pieces of the THAAD defense system arrived this week in South Korea. The project has been fiercely opposed by China and Russia as a threat to their security.

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So much facepalm in this situation right now. State department remains dark and quiet in the face of this crisis. Tillerson will be traveling into this mess with global implications deliberately leaving the American press behind.

Hmmm. Chaos, Russia, Tillerson and a complete lack of transparency? What could go wrong?

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Chaos in South Korea follows impeachment of President - Russia, China stand to gain (Original Post) Maru Kitteh Mar 2017 OP
The friends I have in South Korea, pangaia Mar 2017 #1
There is a lesson here. gordianot Mar 2017 #2
Re: "Conciliatory approach with Pyongyang" nycbos Mar 2017 #3
More than anyone, NK absolutey NEEDS to sustain "us v. them" to keep their hold on power. Maru Kitteh Mar 2017 #4


(24,324 posts)
1. The friends I have in South Korea,
Fri Mar 10, 2017, 10:35 AM
Mar 2017

albeit mostly musicians, artistic types and therefore liberal leaning, are very glad with the impeachment.


(15,330 posts)
2. There is a lesson here.
Fri Mar 10, 2017, 10:39 AM
Mar 2017

Who stands to gain internationally after we remove our deplorable traitors? Even when they are gone life in America will never be the same.


(6,101 posts)
3. Re: "Conciliatory approach with Pyongyang"
Fri Mar 10, 2017, 10:41 AM
Mar 2017

I think history has shown that doesn't work. You aren't going to change their behavior.

Maru Kitteh

(28,433 posts)
4. More than anyone, NK absolutey NEEDS to sustain "us v. them" to keep their hold on power.
Fri Mar 10, 2017, 11:18 AM
Mar 2017

So they will continue to maintain a war footing at any cost.

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