Why North Korea just blew up its de facto embassy with South Korea
South Korea on Tuesday confirmed that Pyongyang was responsible for the office’s dramatic demolition, with Kim You-geun, first deputy chief of Seoul’s National Security Council saying it “betrayed the hopes of peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
How substantial is this escalation?
“From today, South and North Korea can hold face-to-face discussions 24 hours a day and every day of the year on matters concerning improving inter-Korean ties and promoting peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said at the time.
After 2018, relations seemed to improve, with plans to sign a formal peace treaty. The countries even discussed a bid to host the 2032 Olympics together.
The liaison office was a key element in their plan to broaden cooperation and remained a …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]