South Korean officials have said that North Korea have blown up the joint liaison office near to the border town of Kaesong.
This comes hours after the North made more threats of military action on the South Korean border as tensions have been mounting for weeks.
This has been prompted as defector groups in the South have allegedly been spreading propaganda across the border.
Since the disappearance of the North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, his sister Kim Yo-jong seems to have taken the helm.
Over the weekend she threatened to demolish the liaison office in a statement. The liaison office opened in 2018 to help North and South communicate.
— Victoria Kim (@vicjkim) June 16, 2020
South Korea’s Unification Ministry in Seoul confirmed the office was blown up at 14:49 local time.
Yo-jong also threatened over the weekend that she will send troops into the demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the inter-Korean border as is ready to turn the “frontline into a fortress.”
Leif-Eric Easley, a professor at Ewha University in Seoul said, “North Korea’s violent destruction of the liaison office at Kaesong is a symbolic blow to inter-Korean reconciliation and co-operation.
“It’s hard to see how such behaviour will help the Kim regime get what it wants from the world, but clearly such images will be used for domestic propaganda.”