South Korean defence paper labels North ‘enemy’, again

South Korea called the nuclear-armed North its “enemy” in a defence document today, the first time in six years it has used the term, signalling a further hardening of Seoul’s position toward Pyongyang.

The two countries remain technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and after the collapse of a rare round of diplomacy 2019, talks have stalled as Kim Jong-un doubles down on military development.