Prof. Lee on the DPRK's Impact on US-South Korea Relations

Foreign Policy

Sung-Yoon Lee is the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor in Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

On Wednesday, South Korea suffered a massive cyber-attack, shutting down the computer networks at three TV broadcasters and at two major banks, a move that resulted in the army upping its defense readiness posture. According to most analysts, North Korea -- which in mid-March blamed South Korea and the United States for shutting down its own websites -- is probably responsible. If the attacks did come from Pyongyang, then they are just the latest in a series of provocations.

Last week, North Korea added a sexist twist to its martial bluster, which has recently ranged from threats to launch an "all-out war" against South Korea, to a "diversified precision nuclear strike" against Washington, D.C. The body that controls North Korea's military remarked that the "frenzy kicked up by the south Korean warmongers is no way irrelevant with the swish of skirt made by the owner" of the Blue House, the residence of South Korea's president.

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