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The Future of the U.S.-ROK Relationship: A Korean Prospective.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Since the U.S. noticed that North Korea had a nuclear program, U.S. interests have shifted from South to North. Therefore a discrepancy in the ROK-U.S. Alliance has occurred regarding the North Korean submarine incursion in September 1996, and the difficulties would be continued in the U.S.-ROK relationship. Nevertheless, each nations priority could be recognized the discrepancies in the two nations priorities might harm the current stability on the Korean Peninsula. Provided that the discrepancies in priorities would bring an unstable situation on the Korean Peninsula and further in Northeast Asia, the U.S. might change its interests in the region. And, however, the U.S. is maintaining bilateral ties and a forward military presence in the region to secure U.S. interests. Changing the U.S. policy for the region seems to be happening, which may bring tension in the region in the future. Therefore, to avoid an unstable situation both now and in the future, a policy to foster the reunification of the Korean Peninsula would be one of the most desirable alternatives.
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