South Korea’s Likely Next President Warns US Not to Meddle in Nation’s Democracy

Sees US Trying to 'Box Him In' With Pre-Election Moves

Polling shows Democratic Party Korea candidate Moon Jae-in as an overwhelming front-runner in the upcoming presidential vote, with more than double the support of any other candidate. He is, however, seen as far from idea from the US perspective, favoring diplomacy with North Korea as he does.

The split between Moon and Trump is so dramatic, in fact, that Moon has felt the need to publicly warn the US against “meddling” in the nation’s politics, not just directly in the election itself, but also with policy decisions made in the lead-up to the election.

Indeed, Moon and his allies warn that the biggest problem is the US rushing through measures in the lame-duck government ahead of the election, noting that agreements on things like the THAAD anti-missile system, and then hastily putting the system in place before any public hearings or environmental assessments were allowed to take place.

Analysts even suggest that President Trump’s talk of making South Korea pay for THAAD might help Moon,, because he is seen as more likely to stand up to the US on the deployment, and doesn’t feel particularly wedded to any agreements on the deployment, which were made in the post-impeachment, pre-election environment specifically to avoid real political debate.

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  • TonyVodvarka

    It seems that quite a few of our presumed satellites are getting restless under the strain of our never-ending wars and threats of war.

  • curmudgeonvt

    “Take the knee…or else.” Any bets on whether Moon Jae-in is still around when the voting is done? Not that the US would ever conspire to meddle in another country’s democratic processes, of course.

    • John_Smith001

      I think the phrase is “bend the knee,” but your point stands.

  • Anti_Govt_Rebel

    Moon Jae-in better watch his back. If it’s true that he wants to engage in diplomacy with N. Korea, he will be a dead man walking.

  • evangelinebrabant

    Well, fine.

    Let’s pull our 27,000 – 30,000 troops out of South Korea, where they have protected SK for 70 years, from the insane North,

    Because, what is going to happen, is that when Kim Jun Un launches his missiles at SK, our people are gong to be annihilated, along with the South Koreans.

    They vote this guy in, our military comes home.

    As long as our military is at risk there, the THAAD System stays.

    • Luchorpan

      South Koreans don’t believe THAAD would protect them from NK.

      We just don’t hear about this in our “free press”, because it would be too dangerous were Americans to hear South Korea’s perspective.

      I very much hope Moon asks US troops to leave.

  • Well I’m officially pro-Moon