Protesters wave South Korean and US flags during a rally denouncing South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul in November 2018. Moon’s once sky-high approval ratings have fallen to earth over the country’s economic performance, and his support for negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have not paid off so far. Photo: AP
Donald Kirk
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Donald Kirk

South Korea’s Moon Jae-in may be the biggest loser of the Trump-Kim summit flop

  • With opposition mounting at home and sanctions still blocking inter-Korean cooperation, the relative calm on the peninsula may be small consolation for Moon Jae-in

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Protesters wave South Korean and US flags during a rally denouncing South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul in November 2018. Moon’s once sky-high approval ratings have fallen to earth over the country’s economic performance, and his support for negotiations between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un have not paid off so far. Photo: AP
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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.