The political conditions North Korea needs to successfully subjugate the South | NK News
June 23, 2024
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The political conditions North Korea needs to successfully subjugate the South

An invasion may look unlikely for now, but geopolitical changes around peninsula could one day inspire Pyongyang to act

North Korea has made abundantly clear in recent weeks that it is committed to taking a harder line toward South Korea, insisting again that the DPRK is a nuclear state and launching what it called 18 nuclear-capable rockets in a show of its resolve to carry out preemptive attacks.

These words and deeds are only the latest evidence of marked changes in North Korea over the last decade, likely reflecting a shift in the strategic thinking of Pyongyang's elite.

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