October 23, 2021

North Korean state media keeps criticizing Seoul despite hotline restoration

DPRK likely seeks concessions on arms buildup and drills with US, while Seoul emphasizes need for talks on such issues

Despite Kim Jong Un’s recent offer of an olive branch to Seoul, North Korean propaganda outlets have continued their attempt to drive a wedge between the U.S. and South Korea, while also criticizing the ROK’s arms buildup and “hostile” attitude.

The propaganda push aimed at an outside audience likely seeks to push South Korea to make concessions ahead of potential talks, though the Seoul government maintains the two sides can address issues the North has raised through discussions.