Only bold political decisions and realistic prudence can lead to the denuclearization of North Korea.
For Yoon Young-Kwan's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Kim's charm offensive is aimed at resurrecting the North's sanction-battered economy.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will attemp to revive an updated version of the Sunshine Policy to improve ties with North Korea.
Unless the North Korea problem is separated from the strategic competition between the U.S. and China, diplomatic efforts will continue to fail.
Brexit marks the beginning of the end of the latest era of globalization.
The recent military tension between Seoul and Pyongyang shows that an institutional framework for permanent inter-Korean peace is more urgent than ever.
With a regime as volatile as North Korea's, patience is never a virtue. The U.S. should begin informal contact with the North to probe Kim Jong Un's intentions.
One reason for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping's newfound flexibility toward each other may be domestic political shifts in both countries that have created a more equal balance between conservative, nationalist groups and more internationally oriented business interests.
If a direct confrontation between China and its neighbors is to be avoided, meeting the perceived "China threat" will demand that the region's political leaders address their disputes in more creative ways. And the U.S. and China must talk.
A comprehensive Sino-U.S. economic partnership — which is what the world really needs — will be impossible unless the U.S. recognizes China as an equal partner.