The Challenges of Trustpolitik in North-South Korean Relations

Ryu Gyung Ah Researcher Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies As a result of the conferences in the midst of the confrontation between North Korea and South Korea, a joint statement was produced by the two sides on August 25th 2015. Having temporarily resolved the crisis, it was anticipated that there would be a change for the better in North-South relations. Shortly thereafter, however, tension arose between the two countries. While measures of the joint statement were being implemented, on September 14th North Korea threatened a rocket launch. There were already predictions that this would occur on October 10th, the 70th anniversary of the Workers’ Party of Korea. In Kim Jong Un’s 2015

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