BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 A.M.) – The South Korean Ministry of Unity announced on Tuesday, that “North Korea detonated the Inter-Korean Liaison Office in Kaesong.”
According to the South Korea-based Yonhap News Agency, the Unification Ministry said that “North Korea blew up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong at 2:49 P.M.,” without further details.
In its first move, the South Korean army announced that it had raised its alert level and level of surveillance over North Korea, after the liaison office in Kaesong was bombed.
The South Korean agency previously announced that explosions and smoke were heard in the Kaesong region of North Korea.
“The smoke was accompanied by the sound of an explosion from the Kaesong Industrial Zone this afternoon,” the agency quoted a military source as saying, adding that “North Korea is likely to blow up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong.”
The General Staff of the North Korea Army announced that it is studying the possibility of deploying forces in the DMZ, indicating that the army will implement “immediately and continuously”, any decision and decree of the party and the government.
In a statement last Saturday, Kim Yo-jung, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, said that her army would be entitled to take the next step against the South in the latest series of threats the North has made in anger over anti-Pyongyang leaflets, which South Korean activists sent across the border.