New narrative reflects Seoul’s hardening stance on Pyongyang, news agency says
The South Korean Ministry of Defense has called the North a “an enemy” in educational materials distributed to its troops in a move that reflects Seoul’s hardening stance on Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported Monday, citing South Korean officials.
“North Korea’s provocations are security threats we face, and as long as these security threats persist, the North Korean military and its regime are our enemies,” he added. materials from the South for “education in the military spirit” Lily.
Last week, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who took office in early May, said in an interview with CNN that the era of North Korea’s appeasement was over. His comment apparently reflects a shift from the previous liberal Moon Jae-in administration, which shunned such expressions as it pushed for closer inter-Korean ties.
South Korea’s military distributed the materials on May 9, following a speech by new defense minister Lee Jong-sup at a parliamentary hearing where he called on the North a “obvious” the enemy, citing in particular its recent missile launches and “nuclear threat” it poses.
“The minister told the National Assembly that he will ensure that clear education is given to the troops about the North Korean military and the regime being our enemy,” A ministry official told Yonhap on condition of anonymity. “In accordance with the direction of his remarks, we made the materials.”
In comparison, educational materials distributed in 2019 indicated that the North represented “real military threats” adding that the country needed “ability to react firmly and severely if the North commits provocations or hostile acts”.
The change in rhetoric came after North Korea launched at least 16 missile tests this year. According to US military and intelligence agencies, Pyongyang may also be preparing for its first underground nuclear test in nearly five years.
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