Research on North Korea’s Abolition of Inter-Korean Economic Laws

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North Korean state media announced today that the country Parliament they unanimously agreed to abolish the laws of inter-Korean economic cooperation. This decision is in accordance with the policy declared by the leader Kim Jong-un last month, where he expressed no intention of peaceful reunification with South Korea.

At a session held yesterday, February 7, the Supreme People’s Assembly agreed to repeal the law on economic cooperation with South Korea that came into force in 2005. Furthermore, they decided to repeal the law passed in 2011 regarding the special zone for international travel to Mount Kumgang . The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) confirmed these details.

In his statement in January, Kim Jong Un called for a revision of the constitution that would label South Korea as the “primary enemy and the unchangeable arch-enemy.” As a result, the top legislature agreed to dissolve the entities established to foster dialogue with neighboring South Korea.

Three key organizations that aimed to foster cooperation with South Korea were effectively rejected by parliament. These include the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, the National Bureau of Economic Cooperation and the Kumgangsan International Tourism Authority, they reported Bangkok Post.

In related news, in a dramatic declaration, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un branded South Korea as his nation’s permanent enemy, issuing orders to destroy symbols of national unity. This move came alongside the dissolution of key state organizations responsible for reunification and economic cooperation. Despite claiming that he had no intention of inciting conflict, Kim emphasized preparations for occupation and suppression in the event of war.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol condemned the actions as anti-national and warned of serious consequences for any aggression. The disbanding of organizations and the tearing down of symbols of unity mark a significant escalation of tensions on the Korean Peninsula, highlighting the deepening divide between North and South Korea amid lingering geopolitical complexities.

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