North Korea suspends plans to increase the military pressure against the South


The decision comes following a meeting between the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the central military commission, on Tuesday, that “took the point of the situation,” according to North Korean media, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Possible military plans included the North of the deployment units in the Mount Kumgang tourist zone and the Industrial Zone of Kaesong, which borders the South, and the establishment of police posts that had been removed from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two countries ” to strengthen the guard over the front line “, according to the previous reports KCNA.

No reason was given for the apparent draw back.

The North had reported to his initial plans to increase the military pressure after a group of deserters in the South used balloons to send anti-North Korean leaflets north of the DMZ.

North Korea has claimed the leaflets violated the case of Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in hit in 2018, during their first summit, when the two leaders have agreed to stop “all acts of hostility and the elimination of their means, including broadcasting through loudspeakers and distributing leaflets” along their common border.On Monday evening, defectors in South Korea has sent over 500 000 brochures “the truth of the Korean War” in the North.

The group said it had also sent 500 books on the “success of South Korea,” 2,000-U.s.-dollar bills and 1,000 SD cards, using the 20 balloons.

In retaliation for the first brochure of fall, North Korea cut the communications lines with the South and blew the joint liaison office, which is located in the city of Kaesong, just north of the DMZ.

While the office was closed because of sars coronavirus and the South Korean staff had not been in the building since — the symbolic destruction as the office is to facilitate the dialogue between the two countries.

As well as the threat of increased military pressure, the Korean people’s Army reinstalled loudspeakers at the border and has indicated that it would launch a propaganda campaign of its own by sending millions of leaflets in the South.

While the North has formulated its actions over the past few weeks as retaliation, Pyongyang has for months expressed his displeasure that his diplomacy with South Korea and the united States has not given relief of sanctions crippling the North Korean economy.

The talks between the countries was broken within three months after the inter-Korean summits in 2018. And the experts say it is possible North Korea is using the current impasse to the manufacture of a crisis in order to gain leverage in any future negotiations, a piece of theatre, he has previously used in diplomatic talks.

CNN Yoonjung Seo, Jake Kwon and Joshua Berlinger contributed to this story.


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