South Korea-North Korea Relations: Late spring blossoms?

(From Comparative Connections: A Triannual E-Journal on East Asian Bilateral Relations)

By Aidan Foster-Carter, University of Leeds

The first four months of 2015 were neither active nor positive for relations between South and North Korea. Initial hints on both sides of potential readiness for a summit, covered in our last issue, came to naught, being dissipated in recriminations over a drearily familiar list of obstacles. The North took umbrage, as it so often does, over everything from activists launching propaganda-laden balloons across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) – whom the South in practice began sometimes to try to deter, even while formally upholding their right to free expression – to this season’s regular annual joint US-ROK spring military exercises, Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, which began on March 2 and concluded on April 24. Read more

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