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North Korea Blows Up Joint Liaison Office As Tensions With South Korea Rise



Reports from South Korea say an explosion was heard at 2.49pm local time before smoke was seen rising from the four-storey industrial complex building, which is used to facilitate communications between the two Koreas. Seoul’s Unification Ministry has since confirmed that the building, located in the border town of Kaesong, had been destroyed earlier today, June 16.

Fortunately, the complex had been closed in January as a result of the current health crisis, meaning no one was in it at the time of the explosion. The incident came just hours after the North threatened to move its army into the neutral zone amid growing tensions over defectors sending leaflets criticising North Korea leader Kim Jong Un over the border via balloons. North Korea has claimed these messages violated the peace agreement, while the country’s General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) confirmed it is getting ready to send troops into the demilitarised area between the two countries to ‘turn the line into a fortress’.

Suh Ho, South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister, visited Seokmo island on the western border shortly before the explosion to see how prepared the police and the coastguard were to stop people sending leaflets into the North. Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, recently said the North would demolish the ‘useless’ inter-Korean liaison office, which is believed to have cost the South £6.7 million in refurbishment costs. She also said it would be up to the military to come up with the retaliation tactics against the ‘enemy’ South.

 
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