Why North Korea’s Kim Is Preparing For War With South Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has declared the South his country’s “principal enemy,” disbanded reunification and outreach organisations, and threatened war over “even 0.001 mm” of territorial infringement.

After years of deteriorating relations, Pyongyang declared Seoul its main enemy this week, abolishing reunification agencies and threatening to occupy the South during wartime.

It’s a significant shift because “in the past, when there was a risk of an armed conflict, there was a back channel to keep it under control, but now there is none of that,” said Hong Min, a senior analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul.