North Korean Destroys Inter-Korean Liason Office in Kaesong: Yonhap

North Korean Destroys Inter-Korean Liason Office in Kaesong: Yonhap
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North Korea has been ratcheting up tensions with the South in recent weeks and has threatened to deploy the military to the border region.

North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office in its city of Kaesong, Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, citing a South Korean military source.

Pyongyang has repeatedly issued threats against South Korea in recent days, including a warning that it would destroy the office.

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South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on North Korea to stop raising animosities and return to talks, saying Monday the rivals must not reverse the peace deals that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached during 2018 summits.

The office, built in 2018, was near the border with South Korea. The city is often used to host inter-Korean meetings.

"North Korea blows up Kaesong Liaison Office at 14:49," the office of the spokesman for the ministry, which handles inter-Korean relations, said.

Its destruction came after Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said over the weekend, "Before long, a tragic scene of the useless north-south joint liaison office completely collapsed would be seen."

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South Korean soldiers check an entrance of their guard post near the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas in Paju, South Korea, June 16, 2020.

This article was originally published on Deutsche Welle. Read the original article here.

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