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The Deciport Quick-Look Weekly Recap: 21 June 2020

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A summary of Key Events from this week's Daily Quick-Looks. Click on the images below to be taken to the Quick-Look for that particular day. All Quick-Looks can also be found on the Intelligence Stream.

15 June 2020: No Quick-Look for this day due to operational requirements.

16 June 2020: North Korea Adopts Increasingly Aggressive Posture.

North Korea is threatening to move soldiers into border areas that had been disarmed under inter-Korean agreements, following its threats to take military action over leaflets send by activists from South Korea.

The moves come after the North Korean leadership had stated that it sees no point in maintaining relations between leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump (see: Daily Quick-Look 12 June 2020).

North Korea's rhetoric will likely become increasingly hostile, as the US enters its election cycle and relations between the US and North Korean ally China deteriorate.

What's next for North Korea?

17 June 2020: North Korea Escalates Tensions With South Korea.

North Korea has destroyed a joint liaison office with South Korea, near the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

It follows North Korean military threats of action at the border area, after accusing South Korea of disseminating leaflets in the North.

With North Korea also rejecting South Korea's offer to send special envoys, what will it take to deescalate the situation?

18 June 2020: New Zealand's Economy Drifts Towards Recession, As Two New COVID-19 Cases Fly In From The UK.

New Zealand's economy is drifting closer to recession, just as two new COVID-19 cases were announced in the country; after having had no new cases for an extended period.

New Zealand's government had implemented a strict lockdown of the country and its economy, with many businesses being forced to shut as a result.

With these two new cases (that saw two people arrive from the UK and drive from Auckland to Wellington) now in the country, would a subsequent new outbreak or cluster result in another lockdown?

Can New Zealand really afford it at this stage?

19 June 2020: Masks Compulsory On Flights From Australia To New Zealand, Damage Control From NZ Government Border Bungle.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health has said it is likely that masks will be compulsory on flights from Australia to New Zealand.

This comes in the wake of the New Zealand Government's bungle at its own border that has seen new COVID-19 cases into the country through admitted negligence.

All this after one of the worlds most severe lockdowns, likely to result in a economic recession in the country.

20 June 2020: NZ Police Officer Murdered, One Suspect In Custody, One Still Being Sought By Police.

A New Zealand (NZ) Police Officer was killed yesterday, along with an officer wounded and a bystander suffering injuries from a vehicle; after a suspect opened fire on the officers during a routine traffic stop.

With a suspect in custody, another suspect, Natalie Jane Bracken, is still being sought by police. Bracken is known to have gang affiliations.

In the wake of recent Black Lives Matter protests in NZ and accusations of racism and police brutality leveled at the NZ Police, public sentiment toward police is at an all time low.

With gangs becoming increasingly brazen, methamphetamine use rampant, petty crime persistent and low public sentiment toward police, NZ is facing challenging times from a domestic security and law enforcement perspective.

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