North Korea halts all communication with the South overleaf removal

North Korea said it would stop all inter-Korean communication routes with the South, including a hotline between the leaders of the two countries.

North said it was a series of actions that characterized South Korea as an "enemy."

Daily calls to the liaison office in the North Korean border town of Kaesong will cease from Tuesday.

The two states have set up an office in 2018 to ease tensions following the talks.

North and South Korea are technically still at war because when the Korean War ended in 1953, there was no peace agreement.

North Korea is "completely cut off and will close the relationship between North and South officials maintained by the North-South Joint Office ... on June 9, 2020, from 12:00", according to a report by the Korea Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korea said it would also cut military communication lines.

When the liaison office was temporarily closed in January due to the Kovid-19 restrictions, relations between the two states were maintained by phone.

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Two Koreans made two phone calls a day through the office at 09:00 and 17:00. For the first time in 21 months on Monday, South said it would not answer its morning call, though it was contacted in the afternoon.

"We have come to a decision that there is no need to sit down and discuss face-to-face with South Korean officials because they are only angry about us," the KNCA said.

North Korean leader Kim Yo-jong threatened to close his office until South Korea prevented security forces from sending leaflets to the north last week.

He said the pamphlet campaign was a hostile act that violated the peace agreements reached between Moon Jae-in and South Kim Jong-un at the 2018 Panmunjom summit.

North Korea's defenders sometimes send balloons carrying important pamphlets from the communist area to the north, sometimes with supplies to tempt North Koreans.

North Koreans can only receive news from state-controlled media, and many do not have Internet access.

Relations between the North and the South improved in 2018 when the leaders of the two countries met three times. Such high-level meetings have not taken place in over a decade.

Pyongyang broke off relations with Seoul during a summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump in Hanoi last year.

1950–1953 The two Koreas are technically at war as the Korean War ends with a ceasefire rather than a peace agreement.

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