South Koreans are not all happy about the recent overtures by North Korea's Kim Jong-un regarding reunification and the Winter Olympics.

Although S. Korea's President Moon Jae-in is keen to talk peace and reconciliation, there are many people in the South who disagree with this. In particular, North Korea-born activist Park Sang-Hak, is angered. He and other anti-North protestors ripped photos of Kim Jong-un outside the Seoul National Assembly.

Times of India reports that Sang-Hak said, "This is the uniform will of the 32,000 North Korean defectors who have put their lives on the line in their journey to South Korea." The protestors are also calling the Winter Olympics the "Pyongyang Olympics."

In another incident in downtown Seoul, protestors on Monday, January 22nd burned photos of Kim Jong-un and a North Korean flag.

The wide gap between the two Korean cultures was evidenced by the response of the North, whose media called for Seoul to 'sternly punish' those involved and prevent such acts from happening.

Isolated regime's media react in an antiquated manner

Such an antiquated and aggressive response is only to be expected from a military regime where freedom of expression can be punished by death. It seems the two Koreas have a lot more to do than just play some sport together, to reconcile the two nations.

This came after North and South Korea agreed to attend the Olympics under a flag of reunification. Additionally, the BBC reported that North Korea will send 22 athletes to Pyeongchang. What was seen as a breakthrough in relations between the two countries, came after two weeks of talks.

BBC wrote, "IOC president Thomas Bach announced the two nations would march together at the opening ceremony on 9 February."

Why does North Korea suddenly want to talk peace with the South?

There is some skepticism though, about why North Korea should suddenly want peace and talks, after years of refusing to engage.

CNBC reported that associate political science professor at MIT, Taylor Fravel, suggested it could just be Kim feeling the pressure from the Trump administration. It is also a factor that their successful nuclear program may have put the North in a place of strength.

At the same time, the USA has been seriously discussing the possibility of military aggression against North Korea. It would likely be a conventional war and is a very real threat to Pyongyang. These 'friendly' overtures may be nothing more than an attempt to buy time until the completion of their nuclear armaments.