June 12, 2020

North Korea Needs to Extort Democracies to Survive

By Kristine Lee

Pyongyang has made clear this week that its patience for business as usual with Washington and Seoul is wearing thin. Cutting off all official communication lines, including military hotlines with Seoul, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime and its chorus of state media outlets deemed South Korea an “enemy” that it would turn against.

The swift deterioration of relations between Seoul and Pyongyang once again dashed the lofty aspirations of the peace-craving administration of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, which had staked its legacy on emerging as “the architect of the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.”

Read the full article in Foreign Policy.

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