A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap
A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap
John Barry Kotch
Opinion

Opinion

John Barry Kotch

70 years since the Korean war, the threat of armed conflict still hangs over the peninsula

  • North Korea’s destruction last week of the inter-Korea liaison office in Kaesong dashed hopes that international diplomacy over the past few years was finally healing divisions
  • A dual-track approach is needed to defuse Pyongyang’s nuclear threat and bring peace to a divided Korea

A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap
A propaganda loudspeaker (left) is seen near a North Korean guard post (right) inside the demilitarised zone, in this photo taken from the South Korean border city of Paju on June 23. Pyongyang began to reinstall loudspeakers on June 21, two years after the two Koreas removed their loudspeakers from the DMZ in adherence to the 2018 Panmunjom declaration. Photo: EPA-EFE / Yonhap
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John Barry Kotch

John Barry Kotch

John Barry Kotch lived and worked in Asia for more than a decade as an instructor at LG Academy and visiting professor at Hanyang University’s Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul. Earlier, he served with the UN Command as an intelligence adviser to the South Korean Air Force, as a State Department consultant on Korea and special assistant at the Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. More recently, he was senior adviser and writer at the Pacific Basin Economic Council in Hong Kong. Dr Kotch holds an MBA in international business and a PhD in political science from Columbia University.