North Korea releases images of the South Liaison Office blow

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North Korean media state released images Tuesday of what it said was the destruction of the South Korean liaison office joint.Seoul Unification Ministry confirmed that the North Korean border building in Kaesong city was demolished “by bombing” on Tuesday afternoon local time, NBC News reported.

A view of the explosion of a South Korean liaison office commune in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea in this image provided by North Korea from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 16 June 2020.KCNA | Reuters

Rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula have seen North Korea cut communications with the South and threaten to move armed forces back to the demilitarized border area.

The warnings came amid deadlocked nuclear talks with the US, and could be a signal that Pyongyang is frustrated with what he sees as “the failure of democracy,” Parc Jean, director of the Korea Project at Harvard Kennedy School, told CNBC on Monday.

A view of the explosion of a South Korean liaison office commune in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea in this image provided by North Korea from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 16 June 2020.

KCNA | Reuters

A view of the explosion of a South Korean liaison office commune in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea in this image provided by North Korea from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on 16 June 2020.

KCNA | Reuters

The two countries are technically still at war, as the Korean War did not officially end with a peace treaty in 1953, but concluded with a truce.

The inter-Korean opened an office in 2018 during a period of warming in relations between the two sides.

North Korean leader Kim Jong of the United Nations and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at least three times this year, raising hopes for reconciliation at the time. Relationships deteriorated after time.

A view of a South Korean liaison office joint in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea in this image provided by North Korea from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 16, 2020.

KCNA | REUTERS

– CNBC Huileng Tan contributed to this report.

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