No Comeback for 'Main Enemy' to Describe N.Korea

      December 27, 2010 13:33

      The Defense Ministry will not use the old expression "main enemy" to describe North Korea in the 2010 white paper due out in a few days, it said Sunday.

      The ministry claims it is looking for a stronger term, but the decision could prove controversial amid escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula after the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan and shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. The term "main enemy" was scrapped a few years ago because it was felt to be needlessly confrontational.

      There is also speculation that the decision aims to leave room for North Korea to see sense, improving the chances of better inter-Korean relations.

      A senior government official said, "The term 'main enemy' is used to refer to the worst among many enemies, so we judged that the expression was unsuitable both diplomatically and militarily. It will be replaced with a term that best describes the situation we are in."

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