Washington could use a new thaw on the Korean Peninsula as a cover to pursue more nuclear disarmament talks, analysts say, but the Obama administration will also likely want a carefully coordinated approach with Seoul toward Pyongyang.
Park’s North Korea policy aims to hold talks meant to build trust and resolve key issues, like the nuclear problem and other security challenges. Humanitarian assistance to the North won’t be tied to ongoing political circumstances, though her camp hasn’t settled details, including the amount.
Park also plans to restart joint economic initiatives that were put on hold during the Lee administration as progress occurs on the nuclear issue and after reviewing the projects with lawmakers.
Park’s statement that she’s willing to talk with Kim Jong Un ‘‘practically means she’s willing to give more money to North Korea,’’ which is Pyongyang’s typical demand for dialogue, said Andrei Lankov, a scholar on the North at Seoul’s Kookmin University.
But the heart of the matter — North Korea’s nuclear program — might be off limits, no matter how deeply the next Blue House decides to engage.
‘‘North Korea isn’t going to surrender its nukes. They’re going to keep them indefinitely,’’ Lankov said. ‘‘No amount of bribing or blackmail or begging is going to change it. They are a de facto nuclear power, period, and they are going to stay that way.’’
AP writer Hyung-jin Kim contributed to this report.