North Korea cuts off all communication with South

Updated: 10 June, 2020 08:02 IST | Agencies | Seoul

The North's Korean Central News Agency said all cross-border communication lines would be cut off at noon in the "the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with South Korea and get rid of unnecessary things."

North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un. Pic/AFP
North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un. Pic/AFP

North Korea said it was cutting off all communication channels with South Korea on Tuesday, a move experts say could signal Pyongyang has grown frustrated that Seoul has failed to revive lucrative inter-Korean economic projects and persuade the US to ease sanctions.

The North's Korean Central News Agency said all cross-border communication lines would be cut off at noon in the "the first step of the determination to completely shut down all contact means with South Korea and get rid of unnecessary things."

When South Korean officials tried to contact their counterparts, the North Koreans didn't answer, according to the South Korean government. North Korea said the move was a response to the South's failure to stop activists from floating anti-Pyongyang leaflets across their border. "The South Korean authorities connived at the hostile acts against (North Korea) by the riff-raff," KCNA said.

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First Published: 10 June, 2020 07:45 IST

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