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Kim Jong Un Destroys Joint Korea Office in Rebuke to Seoul

  • North Korea completely ‘ruins’ symbol of 2018 rapprochement
  • Move appears measured to draw attention without provoking war
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WATCH: North Korea had previously threatened to abolish the office located in Kaesong.(Source: Bloomberg)
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North Korea blew up an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border, in an explosive rebuke to Seoul that appeared designed to draw maximum global attention with little immediate risk of war.

The move represented North Korea’s most serious provocation in years and follows an escalating series of threats against South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s government. The state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a statement that the office -- the most concrete achievement from a series of summits between the two Koreas in 2018 was -- was “tragically ruined with a terrific explosion.”