September 30, 2023

Seoul’s new National Security Strategy spotlights ‘main enemy’ North Korea

Lodestar document ditches goal of ending Korean War, introduces plans to tighten monitoring of inter-Korean exchange

The Yoon Suk-yeol administration released its official National Security Strategy on Wednesday, identifying North Korean nuclear threats as the top security challenge while jettisoning the goal of officially ending the Korean War.

The 150-page document also explicitly defines North Korea as an enemy that seeks “unification by subversion” despite undergoing extreme “economic difficulties,” in a dramatic rhetorical shift from the  progressive Moon Jae-in administration.