File - These combination of file photos shows South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in, left, waves in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2017 and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on April 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Wong Maye-E)
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Relations between the two Koreas have deteriorated dramatically in recent years, and Pyongyang is almost certain to take whatever positions newly elected President Moon Jae-in may assume toward increased engagement with a good deal of caution.North Korea, as of Wednesday afternoon, had yet to comment on the election of Moon, a liberal who was deeply involved in Seoul's "sunshine policy" of increased engagement and cooperation with the North back in the 2000s. Moon has been a critic of the hard-line stances that conservative governments in Seoul maintained against North Korea over the past decade and has called for sanctions and pressure against Pyongyang to be balanced with engagement efforts.Moon has made it known he is no fan of THAAD, which was hurriedly deployed just before his election.This spring's exercises were the biggest ever; it's unclear whether Moon will seek to scale back them back in the future.
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