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North Korea demolishes inter-Korean liaison office

North Korea demolishes inter-Korean liaison office

By Choi He-sukPublished : Jun 16, 2020 – 15:47       Updated : Jun 16, 2020 – 17:17

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North Korea on Tuesday demolished the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, stepping up its actions against the South.

According to Seoul’s Ministry of Unification, the North demolished the office at 2:49 p.m.

The North had been ratcheting up its rhetoric against the South in a series of statements from top officials including Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The action came hours after the North Korean military warned of plans to refortify disarmed areas along the inter-Korean border, continuing to raise tensions on the peninsula.

In a statement released through North Korean state media, the General Staff Department of the Korean People’s Army revealed that plans were under review concerning the refortification of areas along the border and the resumption of the North’s propaganda campaign.

“We have received opinions on action plans for fortifying the front lines in areas disarmed under the North-South agreement and strengthening military vigilance against the South from the United Front Department and departments concerning relations against the enemy,” the statement said.

Since last week the North has reverted to referring to South Korea as its “enemy,” following orders from top officials including Kim Yo-jong to treat inter-Korean activities as “projects against the enemy.”

Although the statement did not specify the disarmed areas, it has been speculated that areas in and around the Kaesong industrial park and Kumgangsan are likely candidates.

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