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South Korea’s Intelligence Agency Pushes for Olympic Diplomacy

In an exclusive analysis for Deep States, journalist Timothy Shorrock explained last how the  South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) viewed the U.S. presidential election. The NIS, Shorrock reported. plays a key role in President Moon Jae-in’s peace and denuclearization agenda. Shorrock predicted this role would continue regardless of who won the White House. And...

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Beyond Trump: How South Korea’s Intelligence Service Will Quietly Push Peace Talks

Tensions between the two Koreas escalated again last month after a South Korean fisheries official, possibly attempting to defect, was shot dead by North Korean army troops after he swam across their disputed maritime border known as the Northern Limit Line. A shocked President Moon Jae-in, who has made engagement with North Korea the centerpiece...

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Pursuing Peace, Moon Promotes One Spy Chief and Picks Another

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has shuffled his security advisers in a bid to keep alive his campaign to formally end the Korean war and denuclearize the peninsula. While Washington-centric pundits focus on the erratic diplomacy of President Trump and the brinksmanship of North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, Moon is the most impressive of the three...


Moon Looking for New Spy Chief to Advance Inter-Korean Diplomacy

From the Seoul daily The Hankyoreh comes the latest from the Blue House, as South Korea’s presidential residence is known. President Moon Jae-in, responding to belligerent moves by North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un, plans to shake up his national security team. “It’s not a matter of ‘whether or not’ to replace the foreign affairs and national...

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South Korea Rejects Bolton’s Account of Trump Summit with Kim Jong Un

John Bolton’s tell-all memoir is dismissive of South Korean President Moon Jae-in for seeking to coax President Trump into a denuclearization agreement with North. The fact that South Korea had an independent position toward its nuclear-armed neighbor annoyed Bolton, who expected South Korean deference. But President Moon, elected a platform of reconciliation with North Korea,...