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North Korea blows up Inter-Korean Liaison Office.

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North Korea blows up Inter-Korean Liaison Office.

The rising dispute between North and South Korea added one more chapter as North Korea blows up the Liaison Office which works as an Embassy for both the countries situated at Kaesong (North Korea), made by South Korea in 2005 by Investing huge capital of 8 Million dollars. This is said as the Low point in the inter-Korean relationship.

Liaison Office.

This Liaison Building was not in use for a couple of months because of the Covid-19 Pandemic, but blowing this building is a clear and strong message by North Korea to South Korea that we will not have any Bilateral talks now.
Video has been also released by the State Media of North Korea. In recent years, this is the most serious incident to have occurred between the two countries, without them actually going to war.
The demolition was part of serious events in the deterioration of relations between Pyongyang and Seoul, the capital of North and South Korea respectively.

Map of North Korea and South Korea with Capitals

Importance of Liaison Office:
The Inter-Korean Liaison Office was a joint liaison office of North Korea and South Korea located in the Kaesong Industrial Region.
The office was located in a four-story building constructed in 2005 for the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Consultation Office.
In the absence of formal diplomatic relations, the building functioned as a de-facto embassy and provided a direct communication channel for the two nations.

Reason for Increase in Tensions:
In the past weeks, tensions between the two countries have increased after Pyongyang objected to activists and defectors in South Korea sending anti-North Korean propaganda leaflets, rice and bibles using the balloons across the border into North Korean territory.
Fighters for a Free North Korea, the non-governmental Organisation that claimed to send the balloons, said it sent 500,000 leaflets, 2,000 $1 bills, and 1,000 SD cards over the border.

South Korea citizen sending Balloons to North Korea tieing different items and money.

Will South Korea React?
The cycle of escalation with North Korea is something South Korean have gotten used to.
Cutting off communications will likely fail to register as a major issue in South Korea.
The economy and the coronavirus pandemic are the most pressing concerns of the day.

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