Anthony Spaeth is Editor in Chief at South Korea’s JoongAng Daily.


South Korea’s Real Fear

News of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile on a television screen at a railway station in Seoul, July 4, 2017

The primary worry in South Korea has not been its bizarre and militaristic neighbor to the north; most Koreans are by now long used to living within close firing range of Pyongyang and do not think it will attack unless provoked. What really worries them is that the new US president doesn’t know the complexity of the situation—and is too contemptuous of the State Department to be instructed.