North Korea blows up Kayong Liaison Office used for talks with South


North Korea blows up Kayong Liaison Office used for talks with South
North Korea has blown up the joint liaison office used to negotiate with each other and South Korea, the latest sign that relations between the two long-standing adversities are rapidly deteriorating.

North Korean state media reported that the four-story building, which is located in the city of Kesong, on the North Korean side of the demolished area dividing the two choruses, was completely destroyed by a "horrific explosion" at 2:50 pm local. Time.

A column of black smoke rising above the site was soon visible from the South Korean side of the border.

According to the South Korean Unification Ministry, the liaison office was closed since 30 January due to the new coronovirus epidemic. The ministry said South Korean workers had not been in the building since then.

But the payment by South Korea and located on the soil of North Korea, the destruction of the building built to facilitate dialogue is highly symbolic. This could mark a turning point in relations between two countries that committed to "a new era of peace" less than three years ago.

North Korea foiled its decision to destroy the liaison office as a retaliation after a group of people who used balloons to send north-North Korean leaflets north of the DMZ.

The recent senseless action of boldness hurt the dignity of our supreme leadership, ”read a statement published on KCNA on Tuesday.

"The world will see clearly how our people will punish the South Korean authorities and how they will remove human filth from the earth."

North Korea claimed that the brochure violated the agreement that Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in reached their first summit in 2018, when the two leaders "agreed to stop all hostile acts and end their media , Which included transmissions "speaker and brochure distribution" with its shared range. It is illegal for North Koreans, on average, to consume information approved by the country's powerful propaganda machine, and doing so can have serious consequences.

The liaison office was reopened and renewed as part of that agreement to help both Koreas communicate, but last week it was announced by North Korea that all communications with South Korea were being cut. Is, including one that is intended to be directly connected to a straight line. Leaders of both countries in response to the brochure. North Korean state media also announced on Tuesday that the country's armed forces would re-militarize parts of the Korean border in recent years that were pacified by both sides.

A Blue House official from the South Korean president called the decision to blow up the liaison office "an act betraying the expectations of all who wish to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace on the Korean peninsula". The South Korean Ministry of Defense said it was monitoring North Korea's armed forces and would react "strongly" to any military provocation.

Kim Jong Un's sister and perhaps the country's second most powerful person, Kim Yo Jong, demanded that the South Korean government punish the deserters, whom they call "traitors", "human scum" and "riff-riffs". Dared to harm. "According to a statement released on Saturday by North Korea's state news agency KCNA, our supreme leader who represents our country and its great dignity.

Kim also indicated in that statement that the North Korean liaison office would be destroyed in some way.

On Saturday, the statement said, "In a short time, a tragic scene of worthlessness will be seen in a completely demolished North-South liaison office."

Experts say the leaflet may offend North Korea's political leadership. But before Tuesday, some analysts had also speculated that North Korea is using the problem to create a crisis, a strategy Pyongyang created earlier in negotiations or a sense of reducing discord between the United States and Korea Used to do. From the south.

South Korean officials are investigating the culprits who sent the leaflets, but any attempt to process them may receive harsh criticism in a liberal democracy that awards freedom of expression.

On Monday, Moon said it was imperative that North Korea "return to the negotiating table rather than return to the previous period of confrontation by cutting communications and increasing tensions."

"The path the two Koreas must travel is clear. Like a river that turns and turns but eventually reaches the sea, the South and the North must maintain their optimistic faith and move towards national reconciliation, peace and integration Every step must be taken, slowly, as it may be, ”he said.

"President Kim Jong Un and I who promised peace in the Korean Peninsula in front of 8 million Koreans cannot be reversed."

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