North Korea will deploy troops to the border with the South and drop leaflets criticising Seoul in a heightening of tensions.
Pyongyang rejected South Korea’s provide to ship particular envoys to the North after it blew up an workplace meant for inter-Korea peace talks on Tuesday.
As a substitute, the North stated it’ll redeploy troops to 2 inter-Korea vacationer and financial websites close to its closely fortified border with the South.
The ratcheting up of tensions is available in response to North Korean defectors and South Korean activists sending leaflets about chief Kim Jong Un over the border by way of balloons – an act that has been happening for years.
Army items will likely be deployed on the websites of the Mount Kumgang resort within the east and the Kaesong industrial advanced, the place the constructing it destroyed was, the North’s Basic Employees stated.
As soon as symbols of co-operation, the websites have been left empty for years as the 2 Koreas disagreed over the North’s nuclear programme.
The North stated it’ll additionally get its residents to fly propaganda balloons in direction of South Korea.
And it’ll restore guard posts within the demilitarised zone, which had been eliminated in a 2018 peace settlement, and resume “all types of standard navy workouts” close to the border which had been stopped underneath the settlement.
In a step seen as a strengthening of her energy, Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jung, criticised South Korean president Moon Jae-in for failing to apologise for the leaflets and accused him of “pro-US flunkeyism”.
She known as Mr Moon’s provide to ship a particular envoy to the North “unrealistic” and “nonsensical”, saying Seoul should pay for its failure to cease activists sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North.
South Korea’s presidential workplace known as her criticism “impolite” and “mindless” and warned it’ll not tolerate such “indiscreet” phrases and acts.
It additionally stated the North’s public disclosure of its provide of a particular envoy was an “unprecedented mindless act”.
The South’s defence ministry warned the North pays the value if it takes navy motion, with the unification ministry expressing “sturdy remorse” over the North’s plans to ship troops to the joint zones.
Talks between the 2 Koreas have been nearly at a standstill since February final 12 months when a summit between Pyongyang and Washington got here to nothing.
In October final 12 months, North Korea demanded the South demolish all “unpleasant-looking” amenities on the now-shuttered Mount Kumgang resort.
The tour programme had been a logo of reconciliation since its opening in 1998, but it surely was placed on maintain after a South Korean vacationer was shot lifeless close to the resort in 2008 for allegedly trespassing in an off-limits space.