The fall of 2020 left South Korea in limbo. Who would win the US presidential elections? Would there be an October or post-election surprise from North Korea? How would US ties to China change after the election? Would the replacement of Abe by Suga result in new hope for the troubled ROK-Japan relationship? At the end of October there were no clear answers, but the suspense was mounting. Meanwhile, close attention was paid to three foreign settings with emphasis on linkages to South Korea: North Korea, the United States, and China in a context of triangularity with both the United States and South Korea.