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[VIEW] Pyongyang trapped in illusion of 'North Korean superiority'

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By Cha Du-hyeon

Unlike the reconciliatory and cooperative inter-Korean mood last year, 2019 was the year that North Korea continued its aggressive action toward the South.

In 2019, Pyongyang clearly condemned South Korea's role as a mediator and facilitator through Kim Jong-un's speech at the 14th Supreme People's Assembly on April 12. This attitude remained even after the ROK-DPRK-U.S. Summit at Panmunjeom on June 30.

North Korea tested eight short-range projectiles between July and September, denouncing ROK-U.S. joint military drills. This was in conflict with Kim mentioning that he was "not opposing the annual ROK-U.S. joint military exercise or training" during a South Korean delegation's visit to the North in 2018.

Pyongyang also highly criticized Moon Jae-in's vision for the improvement of inter-Korean relations in an August speech, and eventually announced the demolition of South Korean facilities at Mount Kumgang tourist spots on October 23.

What is more serious is that North Korea has been responding passively to complying with agreements such as the "Panmunjeom Declaration" (April 27, 2018) and the "Pyongyang Joint Declaration" (September 19, 2018). This raises serious questions about the North's recognition of the South and the........

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