North Korea cuts all communication with south over leafleting

North Korea cuts all communication with south over leafleting

North Korea, angry over the leaflets, has cut off all communications with South Korea.

The North described the South as an enemy, and all inter-Korean communication, including a hotline between the leaders of the two nations, was halted and North said it was the first in a series of actions.

As of Tuesday, daily calls to a liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong have been cut.

The office was established after the two nations agreed in 2018, and the office was designed to reduce tensions between these two nations.

The two neighbors have been at war technically since 1953 after an agreement was reached that did not lead to peace, even though the war ended.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that the north will completely cut and close the line connecting the authorities of the north and south from midnight on June 9, 2020.

Military communication channels has also been cut, said North Korea.

The liaison office has not been operating, but the telephone contact has been maintained between the two states.

The liaison office was closed amid widespread and infectious coronavirus fears, which has infected over 7 million people and killed another 409,468 people, across the world.

It was reported that the two nations exchanged two phone calls, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 5:00 p.m.

However, the south claimed that their call went unanswered on Monday, the first time in 21 months.

The KNCA reported that the north said that they had decided not to face the authorities of the south and that no issue should be discussed since the south has upset them.

Last week it was reported that the North Korean leader’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, threatened to close the office unless South Korea prevents defectors and groups from sending leaflets to North.

Kim Yo-Jong said that leafleting is a hostile act that destroying the peace deal reached between Kim Jong-un and the southern moon Jae-in, during the 2018 Panmunjom summit.

Many experts have said that the North might be causing a crisis to create tensions, so they use it as a lever for later talks. It might be spoiling so that it results in a fight to get attention so to as ask more from their close neighbor.

These two countries have been playing these types of games. In 2013, the North plotted the same to try and win more concessions from the South.

Others, are taking it as a good distraction domestically. The North’s leader is failing to deliver economic prosperity that he has been promising his people and with the rumor circulating that COVID-19 also threatening the country’s economy, such tension is to help rally his people around the cause.

All in all, what is being experienced between these two countries is a threat to the relationship, which seemed to improve in 2018 when the leaders from both sides met three times which was once in a decade.

Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.

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