Jean Lee and Scott Snyder join Eunjung Cho for Washington Talk on the Voice of America. 판문점 만남을 통해 약속된 미북 실무협상 재개가 지체되고 있습니다. 북한은 미한 연합훈련을 비난하며 실무협상에 영향을 미친다고 주장했는데,북한이 이렇게 ‘시간 끌기’에 나선 이유를 분석합니다. 미국 정부가 종교자유 장관급 회의를 개최하고 트럼프 대통령은 탈북자 등 각국 피해자를 만났는데, 북한에서 ‘종교 자유’가 가능한지 살펴봅니다. 진행: 조은정 / 대담: 진 리 (Jean Lee, 윌슨센터 한국 국장), 스콧 스나이더 (Scott Snyder, 미 외교협회 미한정책 국장)Read More
“I can’t see Kim giving up his nuclear weapons entirely,” said Jean H. Lee, a Korea expert at the Wilson Center in Washington. “They are his ‘treasured sword’ and all that he has to give him leverage. But he is willing to barter some dismantling of his nuclear program in exchange for concessions.”
A closer look into President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s relationship after the historic meeting this weekend. We met with Jean Lee the director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy at the Wilson Center and former Pyongyang bureau chief for the Associated Press who gave us a glimpse into their relationship and what it means going forward.Read More
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Jean Lee, director of the Wilson Center's Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center, about President Trump's meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.Read More
CBS News senior national security contributor Michael Morell and The Wilson Center's Jean Lee join Margaret Brennan to discuss the future of North Korean relations after President Trump's historic meeting with Kim Jong Un.Read More
앵커: 한국 정부가 검토 중인 대북 인도적 식량 지원과 관련해 미국 내 한반도 전문가들은 대부분 찬성입장을 밝혔습니다.Read More
North Korea's propaganda machine is getting a makeover, with the "pink lady" who leads the state-run newscasts going into partial retirement to make way for younger TV presenters. CNN's Brian Todd reports.Read More
NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Jean Lee, a policy expert at the Wilson Center, about the significance of North Korea's latest weapons test. The Trump administration is downplaying the test.Read More
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with the Wilson Center's Jean Lee about where denuclearization negotiations stand between the U.S., South Korea and North Korea.Read More
he collapse of the US–North Korean denuclearization negotiations in Hanoi earlier this month and the prospect of a return to President Trump’s hard-line rhetoric of 2017 have intensified public interest in what life is really like inside the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, a country known as one of the most repressive on earth. So it’s no surprise that dozens of Washingtonians have come to see John Feffer’s new play, Next Stop: North Korea. It’s the latest in a series of one-person dramas the author, novelist, and sometime Nation contributor has written and performed in over the past eight years.Read More
Jean Lee speaking with CBS News in the days before the Feb. 27-28, 2019, Trump-Kim summit in Hanoi.Read More
Quoted by Robin Wright in the New Yorker:
The big unknown now is Kim’s reaction. “How the North Koreans portray this summit to their people will be key to understanding whether they’ll treat this rupture as a course of diplomacy—or use it to justify a return to provocation,” Jean Lee, the director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Korea Program, told me. “Let’s hope Kim and his propagandists are able to spin this in a way that allows these discussions to continue.”
“I worry about the consequences,” said Jean H. Lee, a Korea expert at the Wilson Center, a research organization in Washington. “Did these two leaders and their teams build up enough good will to keep the lines of communication open, or are we headed into another period of stalled negotiations — or worse, tensions — that would give the North Koreans more time and incentive to keep building their weapons program?”
“This result leaves very little room for Kim to save face,” she added.Read More
Jean H. Lee, a Korea expert at the Wilson Center, a Washington-based research organization, said of Mr. Kim that “he does want a changed relationship with the United States, and to improve his country’s shattered economy.”
“But we need to remember that he sacrificed his people’s well-being, making decisions that deprived them of food, clean water, electricity, heat and medicine, in order to build nuclear weapons,” Ms. Lee added. “He won’t be willing to give his weapons up readily, and may be prepared to sacrifice his people again if things don’t go his way.”Read More
What Has Been Accomplished Since The First Trump-Kim Summit?
February 27, 20195:01 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
Rachel Martin talks to Jean Lee, a Korea expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, about expectations for the second summit between President Trump and North Korea's leader.Read More
Kim Jong Un faces mounting pressure to get sanctions relief for North Korea
Feb. 25, 2019 - 4:08 - North Koreans are going without heat during an incredibly cold winter, says Jean Lee, director at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.Read More
Secure a political declaration to end the Korean War
Jean H. Lee, director Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy
The biggest prizes for Kim will be diplomatic as well as economic.
Kim, like Trump, craves a big dramatic and historic moment in which the two leaders, foes for seven decades, stand side by side to declare a political end to the Korean War. To be clear: Such a declaration would not serve as a peace treaty formally ending the war. But it would be enough for Kim to take home to his people as a propaganda victory.
Ending the Korean War was a goal neither his father nor grandfather accomplished before dying; to accomplish that task would cement his authority inside North Korea as a master statesman and military strategist.
Such a declaration would allow Kim to turn the country's focus away from war and toward the economy; it also would start the lengthy process of negotiating a formal peace treaty with China, the United Nations and the United States.
More importantly, Kim will be seeking economic concessions in return for rapprochement and promises to give up elements of his nuclear program. A lifting of crippling UN sanctions imposed on North Korea is a priority for Kim. Once sanctions are eased, South Korea in particular is poised to restart joint economic projects that could serve as an economic lifeline to Pyongyang as well as to rebuild North Korea's decaying infrastructure. In addition, Seoul must wait for concrete nuclear concessions from North Korea to justify lifting its own bilateral sanctions in place since 2010.
For Kim, a successful roadmap to denuclearization in Hanoi would pave the way for North Korea's return to the international fold, politically and economically, while delaying the complete relinquishing of his prized nuclear assets for many years to come.
He was a legendary guerilla fighter, battling to free Korea from Japanese occupation in the 1930s. He went on to start the Korean war—and establish North Korea as the most controlled society on earth. How did Kim Il Sung rise to power, transform himself into a “living god,” and launch a dictatorship that has lasted for three generations?
Jean H. Lee provides commentary on Kim Il Sung’s rise to power in this PBS documentary.Read More
2차 미국 정상회담 일정이 공개됐는데, 이번 회담에서는 실질적인 진전이 이뤄져야 한다는 기대가 커지고 있습니다. 비핵화와 상응조치를 두고 미북 간 어떤 타결이 가능할 지 분석합니다. 회담 개최국 베트남은 북한이 선택할 경제 개방과 외교 관계 개선의 모델이 될 지 살펴봅니다. 진행: 조은정 / 대담: 스콧 스나이더(미 외교협회 미한정책국장), 진 리(우드로 윌슨센터 한국국장) #VOA #워싱턴톡 #2차미북정상회담 #베트남 #하노이 #비핵화 #비건 #김혁철 Originally published at - https://www.voakorea.com/a/4779663.htmlRead More
“The North Koreans do not take criticism well,” said Jean H. Lee, an analyst at the Wilson Center and a former reporter who opened an Associated Press bureau in Pyongyang in 2012. “They are very sensitive to an assault on their way of life and their political system and their penal code. I suspect there may be some reluctance to bring up the issue of defectors and showcase them in a way that Trump did last year, to avoid angering the North Koreans.”