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South Korea Stops Calling North Korea `Enemy' in Defense Report

  • 8-year-old reference dropped after last year’s rapprochement
  • Kim’s nuclear arsenal still seen as threat to Korean Peninsula
Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in cross the Military Demarcation Line in April 2018. 

Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in cross the Military Demarcation Line in April 2018. 

Source: Inter-Korean Summit Press Corps via Bloomberg

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South Korea dropped a reference to North Korea as its “enemy” in a Defense Ministry white paper for the first time since 2010, reflecting warming ties between the neighbors still technically at war.

In a report released on Tuesday, the ministry said that North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction remained a threat to “peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.” But the paper, which last came out in 2016, no longer described North Korea’s military provocations or cyber attacks as the main threat to its security.