Pyongyang switches off communication channels with Seoul

North Korean news agency KCNA announced that on Tuesday, North Korea will cut direct lines with the “enemy of the South,” especially the military. The move comes after activists threatened to send anti-Pyongyang flyers there.

The situation between the two Koreas has intensified further. After activists threaten to send anti-Pyongyang leaflets to the communist country, North Korea plans to shut down communication channels with the South Korean “enemy” on Tuesday, June 9, the state agency reports. North Korean KCNA. A first step towards ending all contact with Seoul.

Pyongyang “will completely cut the link between the authorities of the north and south”, as well as other communication channels, especially between the armed forces of the two states or between the political parties that have power in Seoul and Pyongyang, detailed the KCNA. This break is scheduled for 12 o’clock local time Tuesday (5 pm Paris).

This threat comes at a time when relations between the two neighbors are at an impasse despite three 2018 summits between North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un and South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in.

Military agreements threatened

North Korea has been targeting South Korea for several days, threatening to close the liaison office between Korea and other projects if the South continues to allow defectors to send leaflets and other documents to the north.

North Korean dissidents and other activists have had a long-standing habit of dropping balloons loaded with leaflets in the north and condemning the communist regime’s human rights record and its nuclear ambitions.

KCNA said that the South Korean authorities cooperated with “the hostile actions” against North Korea, “resulting in the collapse of inter-Korean relations.” “We came to the conclusion that there was no need to sit face-to-face with the South Korean authorities and that there was no point in discussing with them because they are not the ones to our dismay,” the agency writes.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un’s influential sister, also threatened to invalidate the military agreement between the two countries unless Seoul prevents activists from sending anti-Pyongyang flyers. This agreement was signed in September 2018 during Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang. It is intended to ease tensions at their common border, but its provisions have not been properly implemented at this stage.

Operations canceled due to the epidemic

LaCoréedu Nord has ended most of its contacts with the South following the failure of the summit between Kim and President Donald Trump in February 2019 in Hanoi (Vietnam), which left the nuclear negotiations in North Korean neutral. It was their second summit, after that in Singapore in June 2018.

The business contact office has already been canceled due to the pandemic caused by the new corona virus. And Pyongyang has conducted several weapons tests in recent months.

With AFP and Reuters