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Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 15:30 - 16:30

"North Korea after PyeongChang Olympics"

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

Disarming is probably not the right word to use in the context of Korea, but that is the stunning effect Kim Yo Jong made with her appearance at the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea. Kim Jong Un's sister was all smiles and diplomacy, in contrast to the surly bad grace of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. For a brief moment, North Korea provided a human face to the world after decades of horror stories from north of the 38th parallel.

The question is: Has Kim Yo Jong's appearance and meetings with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in altered the diplomatic landscape on the Korean Peninsula? Is the United States becoming marginalised, as North Korea would like it to be. And is there a real prospect of peace?

To address these questions on the fallout from the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kazuya Iwamura of Kyodo News will come to the Club. Iwamura, who majored in the Korean language at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, has worked in Kyodo's Seoul bureau and Beijing bureau and was Director of the Pyongyang bureau from 2008 to 2011.

 

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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