North Korea bombed inter-Korean liaison office near border amid growing tensions

Source: NBC News | June 16, 2020 | Yuliya Talmazan and Stella Kim

Earlier this month, North Korea threatened to permanently shut the liaison office with South Korea.

North Korea admitted Tuesday to bombing an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the border with South Korea as tensions escalate on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with North Korea, confirmed to NBC News that the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong was demolished “by bombing” on Tuesday afternoon local time.

“We confirm that NK demolished the inter-Korean liaison office in Gaesong Industrial Complex by bombing at 14:49 KST (01:49 ET),” a spokesperson said.

North Korean state news agency, KCNA, also reported Tuesday that the joint liaison office was “completely ruined.”

South Korea’s national security council has convened a meeting in the wake of the office’s destruction, a spokesperson for the country’s presidential office told NBC News.

The country’s Ministry of Defense said it was monitoring North Korean military movement around the clock and is maintaining “resolute military posture.”

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