North Korea destroys north-south joint liaison office: report

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North Korea blew up the joint liaison office in the border city of Kaesong used for bettering ties with South Korea after days of rising tensions on June 16.

South Korea's Ministry of Unification has confirmed the story with a statement registering its "deep regret" and protest over the North's action.

According to the BBC, the joint liaison office was established in 2018 to improve communications, though industrial cooperation in Kaesong was already halted by 2016.

The Guardian reports South Korea evacuated the liaison staff in January due to the coronavirus pandemic.

North Korea issued a statement saying, "We have exploded the eye-sore north-south joint liaison office," adding that "there are [sic] nothing to be implemented and no future for the north-south relations."

North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong has been making threats to demolish the liaison office.

The BBC reports that during Kim Jong-un's absence in April, several observers speculated that Kim Yo-jong could become his successor.

North Korea's cited reason for destroying the site was that defectors have ballooned propaganda leaflets over from the South.


RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. North Korea blows up inter-Korea liaison office in Kaesong
2. History of the liaison office
3. North Korea acknowledges the site's destruction
4. Kim Yo-jong believed to have a role in the liaison office's demolition
5. Leaflets from defectors is the cited reason for NK's action
VOICEOVER (in English):
"North Korea blew up the joint liaison office in the border city of Kaesong used for bettering ties with South Korea after days of rising tensions on June 16."

"South Korea's Ministry of Unification has confirmed the story with a statement registering its 'deep regret' and protest over the North's action."

"According to the BBC, the joint liaison office was established in 2018 to improve communications, though industrial cooperation in Kaesong was already halted by 2016."

"The Guardian reports South Korea evacuated the liaison staff in January due to the coronavirus pandemic."

"North Korea issued a statement saying, quote, 'We have exploded the eye-sore north-south joint liaison office,' adding that, quote, 'there are nothing to be implemented and no future for the north-south relations.'"

"North Korea leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong has been making threats to demolish the liaison office."

"The BBC reports that during Kim Jong-un's absence in April, several observers speculated that Kim Yo-jong could become his successor."

"North Korea's cited reason for destroying the site was that defectors have ballooned propaganda leaflets over from the South."


SOURCES: Ministry of Unification, KCNA WATCH, BBC News, The Guardian
https://www.unikorea.go.kr/eng_unikorea/news/releases/
https://kcnawatch.org/newstream/1592356675-816030475/we-will-never-sit-face-to-face-with-s-korean-authorities-director-of-united-front-department-of-wpk-central-committee/
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53060620
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/04/kim-yo-jong-warns-south-korea-to-tackle-evil-propaganda-balloons