BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – North Korea has expressed its intention to cut ties with South Korea after discovering anti-government pamphlets being distributed to people along the border.
“The first relevant step is to close and remove the inter-Korean liaison office, which is located in the Gaeseong Joint Industrial Complex,” a spokesman for the Unity Front of the ruling Labor Party in North Korea said, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.
“The first vice-chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party Central Committee, Kim Yoo-jung, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, has ordered countermeasures against the distribution of anti-North Korean leaflets across the border,” the unit said in the statement.
“South Korea must take into account that this matter represents warnings sent by the first vice-chairman of the ruling Workers’ Central Committee responsible for projects for South Korea,” she said.
“We are also preparing things that can make South Korea very tired,” she said, “and we are now trying to make it face difficulties already.”
The Front announced that it would definitely close and remove the inter-Korean liaison office located in the Gaeseong Industrial Complex.
The Front further stated that the First Deputy had issued instructions earlier in the day to start a draft review in order to implement the measures indicated in her statements.
The firm stance came from Pyongyang, despite Seoul’s call on Thursday for dissidents from its neighbor to halt a civilian campaign to send anti-regime propaganda leaflets across the border, hours after North Korea threatened to scrap a bilateral military agreement unless the campaign stopped.
The South Korean Ministry of Unity said it plans to enact legislation prohibiting such “stressful actions”, arguing that the campaign poses a threat to the lives and property of residents in border areas where leaflets are sent through giant balloons.
First Deputy Kim issued a statement saying that she warns against stopping the tours to Mount Kumgang, completely withdrawing from the Gaeseong Joint Industrial Complex, closing the inter-Korean liaison office and canceling the almost invaluable inter-Korean military agreement, if South Korea does not take appropriate measures against Anti-country publications.