The bombing of the Liaison office in North Korea
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
Relations between North Korea and South Korea have been hostile ever since North Korea tried to invade the South and subsequently led to the Korean War.
Currently, the Korean peninsula is divided by the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which is the border between the two nations. Many measures have been taken to reduce the fluctuating tensions between these two nations.
One of them was The inter-Korean liaison office was established in 2018 at the Kaesong region as part of a series of projects aimed at reducing tensions between the two Koreas
and bolster diplomatic relations.
The liaison office, occupied by both North and South Koreans has remained empty
since January due to the pandemic restrictions.
Recently, the relations between North and South Korea hit a low, prompted by
defector groups in the south sending propaganda across the border.
The North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, threatened to demolish the office
in a statement made during the weekend after the North renewed threats of
military action at the Korean border.
Hours later, the bomb set inside the building exploded with smoke billowing and
could be seen from the DMZ.
North Korea also confirmed this and said it had “tragically ruined” the building to
cut-off all communication liaison lines between the North and South.
These developments only worsen the relationship both the nations have and it
can also lead to instability in the region.
It should also be noted that the two nations are technically still at war because
there was no peace treaty and only an armistice from 1953.
Reporter: Pranav M.