As tensions simmer and fears of miscalculation leading to escalation grow, there aren’t a lot of sophisticated ways to communicate with North Korea, Situation Report was told. Years ago, a hotline was established by the U.N., but the North Koreans routinely cut it off when they get mad. “If we want to get word across, we go to the DMZ and get a bullhorn and push the message across that way,” Walter “Skip” Sharp, the retired four-star who commanded U.S. forces in Korea between 2008 and 2011, told Situation Report. “We’re confident the message gets through.” One of the other ways to send a message is of course through China, he said, or through dual-credentialed diplomats based in Seoul, like the Canadians.
– from Foreign Policy | Situation Report