Small Wars Journal

06/20/2020 News & Commentary - Korea

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 12:54pm

News & commentary by Dave Maxwell. Edited and published by Riley Murray.

 

1. The Inter-Korean Liaison Office at Kaesong: Still Standing, Although Clearly Damaged

2. North Korea strengthens internal solidarity by criticizing external enemies

3. N. Korea getting ready to send anti-Seoul leaflets to S. Korea

4. Seoul, Washington must restore powerful deterrence

5. Worrisome reshuffle of foreign policy and national security team (South Korea)

6. US Forces Korea Permits Racial Injustice Protests on Bases

7. Remembering Otto: A Conversation with Cindy Warmbier

8. Six Years after the UN COI Report: A Discussion with Justice Michael Kirby (north Korea)

9. Washington is in constant talks with Seoul about joint military drills

10. North Korea Linked Hackers Used LinkedIn to Get Into European Defense Firms, Claim Security Experts

11. Unification ministry reiterates vow to crack down on anti-Pyongyang leaflets 

12. North Korea to target stimulus checks in weekend cyberattack: report

13. More detail from Bolton on the Trump-Kim summits

14. North Korea fury: Real reason 'bullying' Kim Jong-un blew up strategic building on border

15. Kim Jong-un PANIC: The shock truth behind North Korea's furious rallies

16. What Is the Leaflet Campaign?

17. Be Careful Kim: A Single Misstep In Korea Could Spark World War III

18. Otto Warmbier's mom fumes at Trump for praising Kim Jong-un in front of her

 

1. The Inter-Korean Liaison Office at Kaesong: Still Standing, Although Clearly Damaged

38north.org · by Martyn Williams · June 19, 2020

There is video at the link.  So, did the north Koreans not know how to do a controlled explosion? Note the collateral damage.  Were they just trying to conduct an explosion that would be more visible just for show?   What were they trying to accomplish?

 

2. North Korea strengthens internal solidarity by criticizing external enemies

The Korea Times · June 19, 2020

This is north Korea "101."  It has been doing this in some form or fashion for seven decades.  This is one of the ways the regime can justify the great sacrifices it demands from the Korean people living in the north.

 

3. N. Korea getting ready to send anti-Seoul leaflets to S. Korea

en.yna.co.kr · by 이원주 · June 20, 2020

This is not unusual. I used to have quite a collection of north Korean leaflets from my time on the DMZ. Here is some north Korean propaganda that was found on the Yongsan military installation in 2016.