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|North Korea Blows Up Joint Liaison Office Near Border With South Korea by Staphylococcus: 11:42am On Jun 16, 2020|
By KIM GAMEL AND YOO KYONG CHANG | STARS AND STRIPES
Published: June 16, 2020
SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea blew up a joint liaison office near the border with South Korea on Tuesday in a sharp escalation of tensions triggered by the dispatch of anti-regime leaflets by activists.
The blast, which followed weeks of threats by the communist state, raised fears of potential military action by the North amid growing frustration with the South and stalled nuclear talks with the United States.
South Korea convened a national security council meeting to discuss the explosion in Kaesong, a village due north of the Demilitarized Zone that also is home to a defunct joint industrial complex.
In an unusually fast report on state-run media, North Korea confirmed that it had demolished the liaison office with a “terrific explosion” to punish the South for the propaganda leaflets.
Smoke rose from the area as seen in photos by South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.
The Unification Ministry in Seoul confirmed the blast happened at 2:49 p.m. It didn’t provide details but said no South Koreans were present because the office has been closed since late January due to coronavirus concerns.
The liaison office, which was established in Kaesong after a series of inter-Korean summits in 2018, has become an emblem of North Korea’s growing frustration with the South.
The two sides agreed to send senior officials to the facility for weekly meetings, but the North stopped participating last year as relations chilled. Still, they maintained regular contacts until deciding to close the office because of the pandemic.
On Saturday, Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warned that the South would soon witness a “tragic scene of the useless North-South joint liaison office completely collapsed.”
The Korean Central News Agency reported that the office had been “tragically ruined” on Tuesday, days after the North had severed communication lines with the South.
It said the move was “corresponding to the mindset of the enraged people to surely force human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes.”
The North Koreans frequently use the term “human scum” for defectors who fled to the South and often participate in operations to send messages and food across the border.
North Korea already has suspended most cooperation with Seoul amid frustration over the lack of progress in bilateral economic projects and other issues linked to disarmament talks with the United States.
But the dispatch of propaganda leaflets by a group of activists earlier this month proved a tipping point for Pyongyang, which treats the ruler and his family as godlike.
South Korea’s government promised to prevent further leafleting, but the North accused it of conniving with the activists and violating previous agreements.
On Tuesday, the North Korean army said it was “keeping a close watch on the current situation in which the north-south relations are turning worse and worse” and “will rapidly and thoroughly implement any decisions and orders” of the ruling Workers’ Party and government.
The army’s general staff is “studying an action plan” to “advance again into the zones that had been demilitarized under the north-south agreement, turn the front line into a fortress and further heighten the military vigilance against the south,” KCNA reported earlier Tuesday.
The statement came two days after Kim Yo Jong branded South Korea an “enemy” and said she had given the general staff the right to take the “next action.”
KCNA didn’t offer more specifics, but South Korean media speculated the North may be referring to regions where it has pulled out troops to facilitate past economic and tourism projects around the border town of Kaesong and the Mount Kumgang resort area.
The two Koreas also vacated several guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula as part of a military agreement reached in 2018 during a bout of diplomatic efforts to improve relations that have since fizzled.
Experts also have said the North is likely using a favored tactic of creating a crisis to project strength on the domestic front and pressure the South to take its side on easing U.S.-led sanctions and other issues.
Speaking about Kim Yo Jong’s threat on Monday, a former senior South Korean negotiator said the destruction of the liaison office would be mainly symbolic.
“Blowing up the liaison office is just killing what is dead already,” Chun Yung-woo said in an online forum about past efforts to persuade the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. “I think the North Koreans are trying to change [South Korea’s] policy toward North Korea through intimidation.”
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