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Jun 16, 2020 08:02 PM
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North Korea Blows Up Inter-Korean Liaison Office

What’s new: In a statement released by North Korea’s official KCNA news agency on Tuesday, the nuclear-armed country threatened to send troops into the border area, that divides the Korean Peninsula, known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), in response to what many see as a controversial campaign launched by some North Korean defectors to send balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border in recent weeks.

The South Korean government has advised against this campaign saying it could potentially risk the safety of residents in the region. South Korea’s defense ministry said that it is maintaining close coordination with its military ally, the United States, to monitor and detect military maneuvers, according to South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

On Tuesday afternoon, smoke was seen, and an explosion was heard from the joint industrial complex in the North Korean border town of Kaesong, Yonhap reported. South Korea’s unification ministry later confirmed that the Pyongyang had demolished the Inter-Korean Liaison Office.

What’s more: North Korea’s General Staff of the Korean People’s Army said in the statement that “our army is on high alert” and aims to “turn the front line [DMZ] into a fortress and further heighten the military vigilance against the South.”

The statement echoed Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the first vice director of the United Front Department of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party, who threatened military action against South Korea on Saturday, saying “I feel it is high time to surely break with the South Korean authorities.”

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Contact reporter Lu Zhenhua (zhenhualu@caixin.com) and editor Marcus Ryder (marcusryder@caixin.com)

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