The country that frequently threatens its southern neighbor with final destruction has a new plan for lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
No, not nukes ... (Via ABC)
Cheerleaders. For the first time in nearly a decade, North Korea is sending a squad of cheerleaders to this September's Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. (Via Arirang)
The purpose — according to the North’s official news agency — is to "help melt frozen North-South relations.” (Via Getty Images)
And it would seem as though there’s a lot of melting to do. The announcement comes as North Korea continues to launch short-range missiles tests and rockets in the direction of its rival. (Via Euronews)
And churn out the usual anti-South Korean rhetoric. Just months ago, it called President Park Gun-hye a “prostitute,” among other sexist slurs. (Via Fox News)
Its actions as of late would seem at odds with any goodwill gesture, but analysts say Monday's announcement is likely just attempts by Pyongyang to attract foreign investment.
The Wall Street Journal describes the North’s overture as “one of its occasional missives calling for better North-South ties–statements that trip up some into thinking lasting peace is about to break out on the Korean peninsula.”
Just last week, North Korea called for both sides to put an end to all hostilities while at the same time threatening its rivals with a fourth nuclear test.