Despite recent measures to deescalate tension, North Korea still not answers calls from Seoul

Despite recent measures to deescalate tension, North Korea still not answers calls from Seoul

The hotlines that previously linked both nations continue to remain out of use since early June following the anti-Pyongyang leaflet incidents.

On Tuesday June 7th, the South Korean Ministry of National Defence announced in a regular briefing that North Korea has not been answering through the military hotline. Previously, before the cutting of communication, the two nations had implemented a routine of daily calls through that line. Although in the previous weeks the North Koran’s leader took his first step since the conflict to disengage the situation, Kim Jong-un has not taken any further measures to reestablish communication since.

The Deputy spokesperson of the Ministry, Moon Hong-sik, said in the briefing “as far as we know, communication on the military hotline has ground to a halt.”

On June 9th, the North announced the cutting of all military connections between both nations. Alongside this, other forms of communication have also been shut down such as the lines at an inter-liaison office, which was later demolished by the North.

Since, Pyongyang has taken only hostile measures towards Seoul in attempts to clearly state their indignation to the anti-propaganda conflict and to the lack of responsiveness from the South Korean government.

North Korea continued to threaten the South with attacks up until a publicly announced retaliation on June 24th.

On day after announcing their plans to dump anti-Seoul leaflets to South Korea, the state media agency reported on the unexpected cancellation of such plans and the halting of further military plans. These actions have left many in the South confused in regards to the intension but no new measure have been taken since.

Sophie Velloso

Sophie Velloso is studying International Relations at Richmond the American International University in London. She is focusing her studies in the areas of transnational public affairs. She has an interest in geopolitics, international security, and sustainable development.