The contrast between South Korea’s military and diplomatic displays when it comes to relations with the North suggests President Park Geun-hye’s uncertainty at a time of flagging popularity. Photo: AFP

Park Geun-hye walks a fine line as talks between the two Koreas resume

Donald Kirk says the president’s handling of South Korea’s relations with the North is coming under both domestic and external pressure

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The contrast between South Korea’s military and diplomatic displays when it comes to relations with the North suggests President Park Geun-hye’s uncertainty at a time of flagging popularity. Photo: AFP
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Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk

Donald Kirk is an author and journalist from Washington, D.C., and travels to South Korea, with stops in London, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Japan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, among other places, writing on the confrontation of forces in the post-September 11 era. He was the Seoul correspondent for the International Herald Tribune from 1997 to 2003. Before gravitating to Northeast Asia, he covered much of the Vietnam War for the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Star. He has also written books on Korea, notably Korea Betrayed: Kim Dae Jung and Sunshine and Korean Dynasty: Hyundai and Chung Ju Yung.