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North Korea no longer listed as 'enemy' in Seoul defense report

TU Curmudgeon

B.A. (Sarc), LLb. (Lex Sarcasus), PhD (Sarc.)
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Mar 7, 2018
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From United Press International

North Korea no longer listed as 'enemy' in Seoul defense report

SEOUL, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- South Korea's Defense Ministry has crossed out its definition of North Korea as an enemy in the 2018 defense white paper, released on Tuesday.

For the South Korean military, North Korea has long been an enemy whose nuclear weapons and missiles pose major threats to the security of the country.

However, the 2018 defense white paper describes "enemy" in a broader term that includes "any potential or transnational and nonmilitary threats," according to the Defense Ministry.

The toned down statement came in light of the fast-improving relationship between North and South Korea after three summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last year.


If the ROK and the DPRK reach an agreement that states that

  1. there is no longer an invasion of the ROK;
  2. all of the invading troops have returned to their country or origin;
  3. the ROK and DPRK have agreed not to invade each other;
  4. the ROK and DPRK have agreed not to allow their countries to be used by the troops of any other nation unless that other nation signsan international treaty
    • recognizing the existing boundaries of both the ROK and the DPRK, and
    • pledging to assist BOTH the ROK and the DPRK in the protection and maintenance of their existing boundaries (or such other boundaries as the ROK and DPRK mutually agree should apply on the Korean peninsula);

wouldn't that mean that the Korean War was over?

Wouldn't that also mean that the United States of America would have to remove all of its forces from the Korean Peninsula UNLESS it complies with Points 4.a and 4.b?​
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