The Foreign Policy Systems of North and South Korea

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9
FOREIGN POLICY OUTPUTS: TACTICAL DECISIONS, SYMBOLIC AND SUBSTANTIVE ACTIONS

Tactical decisions are subordinate to strategic or operational decisions and may either precede or follow the latter. They are frequently precipitated by specific challenges or stimuli in the operational environment. They are more flexible and less abstract than either strategic or operational decisions. Their range of duration is relatively short, and their impact typically modest. Because they are so numerous, all that can be essayed here is to provide some examples. In the following survey, we shall move back and forth between North and South Korea to provide a semblance of chronological order.


NORTH KOREA'S TACTICAL DECISIONS

To begin with North Korea, the barrage of propaganda that preceded the North Korean invasion of South Korea in June 1950 clearly bespoke Pyongyang's tactical decision to camouflage the impending invasion. On June 7, 1950, eighteen days before the invasion, North Korea, speaking through the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, proposed the holding of all-Korean elections from August 5 to 8 for the purpose of electing a unified national legislative assembly, which would convene in Seoul on August 15, 1950, the fifth anniversary of Korea's Liberation. It also proposed the holding of a conference of representatives from all political parties and social organizations from June 15 to 17. Finally, on June 19, the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly proposed to the ROK National Assembly

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