North Korea: Kim Jong-un “suspends military action” against the South

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Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s Moon Jae-in in 2018


North Korea has suspended plans for “military action” against South Korea, according to state media.

There has been mounting tension between the two countries in recent weeks as groups in the South planned to steal propaganda leaflets from the border.

There had been threats from the north to send troops to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) at the intra-Korean border.

But at a meeting chaired by leader Kim Jong-un, state media said the decision was made to suspend military action.

The Central Military Commission made its decision after taking what it calls the prevailing situation.

His sister, Kim Yo-jong, had given orders to the military over a week ago, declaring that he would “decisively perform the following action” in part because of what Pyongyang said was of Seoul failed to stop the sending of anti-regime militants leaflets on the border attached to balloons.

Why has there been a recent spike in tension?

Since 2018 thaw, the long-time rivals had made efforts to improve ties and maintain dialogue.

But the relationship seemed to have deteriorated rapidly in the past few weeks.

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Police rescue a balloon after it fell into a river on the South Korean side


Part of the spat is on the South Korean flock of groups sending leaflets to the North.

Usually sent to the country via balloons, they usually carry leaflets, USB keys or DVDs with criticism of the Pyongyang regime, as well as South Korean reports and Korean dramas.

All of this is aimed at breaking the north of internal control of information with the hope that people could eventually overthrow the regime from within.

The North supports leaflets of the violation of an agreement between the two countries to avoid confrontation.

The South Korean government has already tried to stop groups from sending leaflets across the border, supporting their actions for residents near the border at risk.

Earlier this month, North Korea cut all inter-Korean lines of communication with the South, including a direct line between the two nations, from leaders.

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Kim Yo-jong threats of military action without further details – the escalation of tensions even further.

However, the tone of Tuesday’s meeting in North Korea seems to indicate a de-escalation in rhetoric.

The meeting also considered documents describing measures to “further strengthen the country’s deterrent war,” the state, the KCNA news agency reported.

Earlier this year, Kim Jong-un said he was ending the suspension of nuclear and long-range missile tests set up during negotiations with the United States.

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