“While Biden will want to put other issues, including domestic concerns, at the top of his list of priorities, Pyongyang has a way of forcing the United States to pay attention to North Korea.”Waqas Adenwala, Asia analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit, agreed.“North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority,” he said.The reclusive regime launched missiles early in both the Obama and Trump administrations. Relations between Washington and Pyongyang have seen highs and lows over the past four years.President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged threats and provocations in 2017, but subsequently met twice at bilateral meetings in 2018 and 2019 discuss denuclearization in a bid to roll back tensions. The U.S. offered possible relief from sanctions that the U.N. has imposed on Pyongyang since 2006, but the talks failed to achieve much progress.Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris, whose business holds a telecommunications license in North Korea, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that Biden should continue Trump’s policy to connect with Pyongyang.“I work in North Korea, and I know the mentality. The threats and the bullying and so on, it will not work with them,” he said. “What will work with them is, we reach (out) to them and we test their sincerity of peace.”“It’s not in our interest, as a free world, to have China dominate this part of the world and take North Korea to its side,” he added. Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing.’Leif-Eric EasleyProfessor at Ewha University North Korea often attempts to remain relevant by conducting various missile tests and this will ensure that the issue remains a key foreign policy priority.Waqas Adenwala- Advertisement – “The coming weeks may see North Korea conduct a nuclear or long-range ballistic missile test in order to send a strong message to the incoming president,” said Evans Revere, a nonresident senior fellow at Brookings Institution. Revere also said the demands being made are widely viewed as “excessive, unfair and unsupported by facts,” and that Trump failed to recognize that the military presence in South Korea — meant to deter North Korea — will be beneficial for the U.S. as well.“I have no doubt that the Biden administration will recognize this and come to a speedy, reasonable agreement with our South Korean allies,” he said.Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul, said Biden would demand “more modest increases” in military cost-sharing without threatening to withdraw American troops.However, he said a Biden administration would be sensitive to international burden-sharing as it fights the pandemic at home. “Seoul should thus avoid the impression that its alliance policy is: ‘Please protect us while we make peace with Pyongyang and make money with Beijing,’” Easley said. – Advertisement – People watch a television news broadcast showing a file image of a North Korean missile test, at a railway station in Seoul on March 21, 2020.Jung Yeon-je | AFP | Getty Images Sharon Squassoni of George Washington University said Biden would take a principled approach to North Korea that supports “long-standing U.S. security and non-proliferation objectives.”The research professor at GWU’s Elliott School of International Affairs added that the North Korea would be a “top foreign policy objective for Biden from the start,” even if Kim doesn’t provoke the U.S. with more missile tests.She said Biden knows “benign neglect” won’t work with North Korea, and will seek to address it.“It may be quieter diplomatically than anything Trump ever did, but I think it will be a priority,” said Squassoni.South Korea and JapanExperts also weighed in on what a Biden presidency would mean for other North Asian countries. Leaders from Japan and South Korea have congratulated Biden, and said they want to work on their alliances with the U.S.Under Trump, the U.S. considered reducing its military presence in South Korea and signaled it wanted South Korea to pay more for troops stationed in the country after a cost-sharing agreement expired in 2019.“It is natural for any U.S. administration to urge Seoul to pay more to underwrite the costs of stationing U.S. forces in Korea,” said Revere, noting that South Korea has already agreed to boost its contributions. “However, the Trump administration has rejected this generous increase and demanded more.” SINGAPORE — North Korea may launch missiles to send a “strong message” to President-elect Joe Biden and ensure Pyongyang continues to be a foreign policy priority in Washington, analysts told CNBC.NBC News on Saturday projected that Biden would win the U.S. presidential election, four days after Election Day. President Donald Trump has not conceded, and has filed multiple lawsuits in swing states amid unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud and illegal votes.Experts said Biden’s priority will be to tackle the coronavirus crisis and worries about the U.S. economy, but that North Korea could test weapons to make its presence felt.- Advertisement – President-elect Joe Biden waves to supporters as he leaves the Queen theater after receiving a briefing from the transition Covid-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Joe Raedle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The Economist Intelligence Unit Japanese flag in Tokyo ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan in November 2017.Artur Widak | NurPhoto | Getty Images In Japan, relations are likely to strengthen further, according to Adenwala of the EIU.That’s because Biden will not pursue a “volatile and mercantilist policy” with its allies, he said.Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga do not have the same personal rapport that Trump and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared, but they will likely work together on the basis of “mutual interests such as trade and especially on issues of security, particularly in the face of increasingly assertive policies from China,” Adenwala said.Brookings’ Revere said there has been “considerable unease” in Japan over Trump’s approach to North Korea. He added that Biden would manage North Korea and burden-sharing negotiations well, and “restore confidence in the United States’ handling of bilateral defense and security ties.” – Advertisement –
Kyle Busch dominated the field to win the TicketGuardian 500 at Phoenix on Sunday, earning his 199th career national series victory.Busch led most of the way but needed to pass Ryan Blaney in the final 20 laps to finish on top. Blaney ended in third place, getting passed by Martin Truex Jr as he faded down the stretch. Take a look at what happened to Jones’ @JoeGibbsRacing machine. #NASCARGoesWest pic.twitter.com/IXUip9AbDd— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20193:59 p.m. — We’re a third of the way through Stage 1, and Blaney continues to lead the field.3:53 p.m. — Ryan Blaney leads after 10 laps. Chase Elliott was penalized for jumping the start of the race.PENALTY: @chaseelliott is penalized for a restart violation.He must serve a pass-through penalty. pic.twitter.com/h66Bk60WPx— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20193:48 p.m. — Green flag! It’s go-time in Phoenix. Aric Almirola finished in fourth, while Denny Hamlin claimed fifth.Watch NASCAR live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)It was a mostly clean race, but minor crashes wiped out Alex Bowman and Erik Jones. Brad Keselowski was nearly forced to exit in Stage 1, but was able to repair his car in his pit stall before grinding out a top-20 placement.Kevin Harvick, who won this competition in 2019, finished ninth on Sunday after struggling from the restart twice in the last stage.TicketGuardian 500: 2019 winner, order of finishFinishDriverTeam (Car No.)Laps led1.Kyle BuschJoe Gibbs Racing (18)1772.Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs Racing (19)…3.Ryan BlaneyTeam Penske (12)954.Aric AlmirolaStewart Haas Racing (10)265.Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs Racing (11)76.Kyle LarsonChip Ganassi Racing (42)…7.Kurt BuschChip Ganassi Racing (1)…8.Jimmie JohnsonHendrick Motorsports (48)49.Kevin HarvickStewart Haas Racing (4)…10.Joey LoganoTeam Penske (22)…11.Clint BowyerStewart Haas Racing (14)…12.Ryan NewmanRousch Fenway Racing (6)…13.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Roush Fenway Racing (17)…14.Chase ElliottHendrick Motorsports (9)…15.Ty DillonGermain Racing (13)…16.Chris BuescherJTG-Daugherty Racing (37)…17.Paul MenardTeam Penske (21)…18.Daniel HemricRichard Childress Racing (8)419.Brad KeselowskiTeam Penske (2)…20.Matt TifftFront Row Motorsports (36)…Lead changes: 17Cautions: 9Sporting News provided full coverage of the TicketGuardian 500. Here’s how Busch won:NASCAR at Phoenix results: Full race highlights from TicketGuardian 5006:51 p.m. — Kyle Busch wins the TicketGuardian 500!Kyle Busch sweeps Phoenix, wins his second straight race here. First win of the year. NASCAR national series win No. 199.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20196:50 p.m. — Truex Jr. passes Blaney for second.6:49 p.m. — Busch appears in full control here. Meanwhile, Truex Jr. is closing in on second.6:46 p.m. — Ten to go. Can Busch hang on?6:44 p.m. — Kyle Busch takes the lead!6:41 p.m. — With 20 laps remaining, Blaney is still ahead of Kyle Busch for first place. Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon round out the top five.6:29 p.m. — Fifty more laps. Blaney has edged in front.6:22 p.m. — Here’s a look at the leaderboard right now.Top-10.1. @Aric_Almirola2. @Blaney3. @austindillon34. @KyleBusch5. @KyleLarsonRacin6. @KurtBusch7. @JimmieJohnson8. @RyanJNewman9. @MartinTruex_Jr10. @joeylogano #NASCAR— Chris Knight ツ (@Knighter01) March 10, 20196:17 p.m. — Back to green. Hopefully it stays that way for a while.6:12 p.m. — Two straight cautions for Ryan Preece have grinded this final stage to a snail’s pace. Restarts have been very chaotic on this track, leading to several incidents.5:59 p.m. — Caution. Elliott spins.AROUND GOES ELLIOTT. pic.twitter.com/6EfVuBbPNF— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 10, 20195:53 p.m. — We’re down to the final 100 laps at ISM Raceway. Familiar names atop the leaderboard: Kyle Busch in first and Jimmie Johnson in second.NEW LEADER: @KyleBusch takes the top spot from @JimmieJohnson !(and look at the racing behind them!) pic.twitter.com/cOeqAgakzU— NASCAR (@NASCAR) March 10, 20195:43 p.m. — Caution. Bowman has some more trouble, and he’s now done for the day.5:31 p.m. — Jimmie Johnson has run in the top 10 most of the afternoon, and he’s up to fourth place right now. In 17th for the season, he could really use a good result here.5:10 p.m. — Kyle Busch wins Stage 2, which will end under caution.Stage 2 complete:KyBusch Bowyer Harvick Truex Hamlin Newman Johnson Logano Elliott KuBusch— Jayski (@jayski) March 10, 20195:09 p.m. — Caution. Alex Bowman hit the wall. 5:01 p.m. — There are 20 more laps remaining in Stage 2. Kyle Busch is still in the lead, just ahead of Bowyer and Kevin Harvick.4:45 p.m. — Kyle Busch leads early in Stage 2. Clint Bowyer is up to second place.4:32 p.m. — Keselowski is apparently going to try to come back after repairing his sway bar in pit stall.NASCAR said Keselowski can make the sway bar repair in his pit stall, so that’s what they’re going to do under caution. He got the free pass after meeting minimum speed.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20194:30 p.m. — Blaney takes Stage 1!Ryan Blaney wins Stage 1 at Phoenix. Second stage win of the year, second playoff point.Also getting stage points: Almirola, Logano, Bowman, KyBusch, Larson, A.Dillon, Byron, Elliott, Harvick.— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) March 10, 20194:21 p.m. — Another caution late in Stage 1. This time it’s for Keselowski crashing into the wall. He’s done for the afternoon, it appears.Something broke for Brad … pic.twitter.com/PXxYn6sAsn— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) March 10, 20194:15 p.m. — Kyle Busch is in first place through 50 laps. Denny Hamlin is in second, Ryan Blaney is in third and Austin Dillon is in fourth.4:06 p.m. — Caution. Erik Jones lost control.