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World North Korea clashes with South Korea: No more sunshine

23:21  16 june  2020
23:21  16 june  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

North Korea says it has severed all communication with South Korea

  North Korea says it has severed all communication with South Korea The decision carried further significance because it was attributed in part to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The decision carried further significance because it was attributed in part to Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has risen in prominence in recent weeks.

  Nordkorea geht auf Konfrontation zu Südkorea: Schluss mit Sonnenschein © KCNA / REUTERS

With a bang, North Korea ended the rapprochement with the South: The regime broke up the joint liaison office between the two countries. It is remarkable who gave the order.

The Kim regime was never known for subtle messages. On Tuesday, North Korea blew up the liaison office with South Korea at 2:49 p.m. local time. Anyone who has not yet understood it after a week of concerted threats from Pyongyang towards Seoul should have become clear at the latest: the rapprochement between the two Koreas has ended, the "sunshine policy" is over. There is no longer a place where representatives of the countries can meet for such talks.

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The building was located in the city of Kaesong, just north of the border between the two states in an industrial area that was previously operated jointly. Representatives from South Korea were able to get there by road.

South Korea's military watched live on Tuesday as the building turned to ashes, which was so important for the celebrated new phase in North-South Korea relations. The approach had been tentative since the beginning of 2018, followed by several summits, accompanied by great pomp, between North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in.

The liaison office in Kaesong was more than just a nice symbol. For the first time since the Korean War in the early 1950s, a place had been created here where government officials from the two countries could meet. Formally, there is still a state of war on the Korean peninsula; a peace treaty was never made. The rapprochement between the two countries had fueled hopes that this could finally happen.

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North Korea is not about peace

There was also a big bang at that time, in the phase of relaxation: along the four-kilometer-wide demilitarized zone that separates the two countries, guards from North and South Korea were blown up. Back then it was a symbol of peace.

But North Korea is no longer interested in that. Further agreements that were agreed in 2018 to reduce the "military tensions" between the two countries are now being canceled.

A few days ago, Kim Jong warned us sister Kim Yo Jong that all communication channels to the south would be cut. This meant the telephone connections between the military of both countries, which were otherwise spoken to each other twice a day. The North Korean military announced via state media that soldiers would once again occupy the demilitarized zones on the border and transform them "into a fortress".

Demonstrative lack of interest from calculus

The dark threats are not surprising. The rapprochement between north and south has not progressed for more than a year. Pyongyang not only demonstrated disinterest in many joint projects and symbolic actions - instead of a soccer festival between South and North Korea, the teams from both countries played in front of empty ranks in Pyongyang at the World Cup qualification in autumn 2019, which is obviously an affront to the government was in Seoul. Above all, the regime began to become increasingly hostile to South Korea.

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North Korea's main interest, many observers believe, is the easing of sanctions to boost the starving economy. But that would require US approval, which is only willing to do so if North Korea disarms nuclear. According to this logic, there is no reason for Pyongyang to maintain relations with South Korea. On the contrary, the more uncomfortable the situation for the government of progressive President Moon, who wants to save his rapprochement policy, the more likely he is to try to influence the United States. That could be Pyongyang's larger calculation.

The threats and provocations from Pyongyang, which have apparently been carefully planned, are probably only superficially about the leaflets sent by activists to North Korea. The anti-regime flyers are sent across the border with balloons from South Korea.

Most powerful woman in the country

It is remarkable that the threats of the past few days are primarily attributable to one person: not Kim Jong Un, but his increasingly powerful sister Kim Yo Jong. During the strange absence of Kim Jong Uns in April , she was repeatedly acted as his possible successor .

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  North Korea releases photos showing explosion of liaison office jointly run with South Korea The office building was erected just two years ago to serve as a breeding ground for diplomacy between North Korea and South Korea.The office building, located in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, was erected just two years ago, in 2018, to serve as a breeding ground for diplomacy between the two countries.

Already criticized South Korea violently in March, and it has become louder and louder in the past few days. On Saturday, she ordered "to take the next action" and threatened: "A tragic scene of the completely destroyed useless north-south liaison office will be seen in the not too long time."

A strategy that follows the inner logic of the Kim family: According to observers, when Kim Jong Un had to profile himself as the successor of his sick father in 2010, he also did so with the bombing of the South Korean island of Yeongpyeong in November 2010. Kim Yo Jong could too Now the website "Daily NK" speculates and want to earn their "revolutionary merits" and appeals to high-ranking North Korean government circles. It was

Kim Yo Jong who accompanied the beginnings of the Korean rapprochement in 2018 and carried the message at the Olympic Games in South Korea that her brother wanted to speak to President Moon. That she now gave the order to blow up the liaison office is a sad conclusion for many South Koreans.

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