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between the United States and North Korea are having a big impact on the
relationship between Moscow, Beijing and Washington. China has every incentive,
but few options, to rein in its neighbor, while pressure on the U.S. to
escalate increases. Russia is playing a double game by which a conflict in
Northeast Asia could help it attain its goals in Ukraine. Any major shock to
today’s delicate balance could have drastic consequences.
Professor Stefan Hedlund
might be one of the only countries with which North Korea could have a normal conversation: the countries have historically had friendly ties. And
Mongolia has hosted negotiations between North Korea and Japan, for example,
before. However, a wide gap remains between Pyongyang’s goals and the West’s.
Until the sides come to the negotiating table, Mongolia will play its own role: showcasing an example of a country in Northeast Asia with communist roots that achieved security without pursuing nuclear weapons.