South Korea defence report no longer refers to North Korea as enemy

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on January 15th, 2019

Seoul:  Republic Of South Korea has stopped calling North Korea an “enemy” in its biennial defence document in an apparent effort to continue reconciliation with Pyongyang.

The development comes as U.S. and North Korean leaders are looking to set up their second summit to defuse an international standoff over the North’s nuclear program.

South Korea’s defence white paper published Tuesday doesn’t include its typical term labelling North Korea its “enemy, “present enemy” or “main enemy.”

The terminologies have been a source of animosity between the Koreas because the North called it a provocation that demonstrated how hostile the South was.

South Korea first called North Korea a “main enemy” in its 1995 document, a year after North Korea threatened to turn Seoul into “sea of fire.”

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