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Liberal Moon Jae-in most likely successor, open to better dialogue

Political turmoil could have implications for US' North Korea policy

CNN  — 

The dramatic removal of South Korean President Park Geun-hye from office Friday raises concerns that the political turmoil will further embolden North Korea.

A Constitutional Court decision to uphold Park’s impeachment came just days after North Korea launched four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan’s coast, in the latest provocation by the rogue state.

With the country’s ruling conservatives, previously under Park, looking out of favor, it seems likely South Korea will turn to the left-wing opposition at the upcoming election.

Would a new president pursue a more open dialogue with the North Koreans? Or will it take a harder line on their provocative northern neighbors?