April 23, 2024
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By forsaking unification, North Korea also abandoned the South’s radical left

Policy change has stunned pro-DPRK groups in South Korea, which have long viewed regime as champion of national unity

North Korea announced one of the most radical shifts in its official ideology in years at the beginning of 2024, with leader Kim Jong Un making clear that Pyongyang no longer aims to achieve peaceful unification with the South.

The slogan of “peaceful unification” has remained one of the key tenets of North Korea’s official ideology for decades. Thus, we can compare the policy announcement to a papal encyclical stating that the Catholic faithful abandon hope for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

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