North Korea is suspending plans for increased military pressure against the South

The decision comes after a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the Central Military Commission on Tuesday, “which reviewed the prevailing situation,” according to the North Korean Media Agency of the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Possible military plans included deploying troops North to the Mount Kumgang tourist area and the Kaesong industrial zone bordering the south, and setting up police positions previously withdrawn from the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between the two countries “to strengthen the front line guard.” according to previous KCNA reports.

There was no reason for an obvious retreat.

The North hinted at its initial plans to increase military pressure after a group of defectors in the South used balloons to send anti-North Korean leaflets north of the DMZ.

North Korea claimed the leaflets violated an agreement reached between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae in 2018 at their first summit, when both leaders agreed to suspend “all hostile actions and eliminate their means, including broadcasting through speakers and distributing leaflets. “along their common border.

On Monday night, a group of layoffs in South Korea sent an additional 500,000 leaflets to the North about the “truth of the Korean War.”

The group said it also sent 500 booklets about “prosperous South Korea,” 2,000 U.S. one-dollar bills and 1,000 SD cards with 20 balloons.

In retaliation for the initial leaflet crash, North Korea cut off communication lines with the South and blew up a joint liaison office, located in the city of Kaesong, north of the DMZ.

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While the office was closed due to coronavirus and South Korean staff has not been in the building since then – the destruction was symbolic because the office was meant to facilitate dialogue between the two countries.

With the threat of heightened military pressure, the Korean People’s Army has reinstalled speakers at the border and announced it will launch its own propaganda campaign by sending millions of leaflets south.

Although the North has labeled its actions in retaliation over the past few weeks, Pyongyang has been expressing dissatisfaction for months that its diplomacy with South Korea and the United States has not brought relief from sanctions that disparage the North Korean economy.

Talks between the countries stalled in the months following three inter-Korean summits in 2018. And experts say it is possible that North Korea is using current resistance to produce a crisis to gain influence in all future negotiations, a game already used in diplomatic talks.

A kind of report was contributed by Yoonjung Seo, Jake Kwon and Joshua Berlinger from CNN.

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