South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks to his aides while walking to his office building at the Blue House presidential compound in Seoul. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s new president must hit the ground running to deal with North Korea

John Barry Kotch say the just-elected liberal Moon Jae-in would do well to take the lead diplomatically on resolving the stand-off over North Korea, but getting China and the US on the same page won’t be easy

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks to his aides while walking to his office building at the Blue House presidential compound in Seoul. Photo: EPA
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John Barry Kotch

John Barry Kotch

John Barry Kotch lived and worked in Asia for more than a decade as an instructor at LG Academy and visiting professor at Hanyang University’s Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul. Earlier, he served with the UN Command as an intelligence adviser to the South Korean Air Force, as a State Department consultant on Korea and special assistant at the Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. More recently, he was senior adviser and writer at the Pacific Basin Economic Council in Hong Kong. Dr Kotch holds an MBA in international business and a PhD in political science from Columbia University.