The symbol of inter-Korean relations crumbled into dust 3The symbol of inter-Korean relations crumbled into dust 3

The Inter-Korean Joint Liaison Office opened in the North Korean border city of Kaesong in September 2018, to serve the purpose of exchange and cooperation, according to an agreement between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the President.

This four-story office building is located in the Kaesong industrial park, where South Korean businessmen built factories and recruited North Korean workers.

South Korea used 9.78 billion won ($8.64 million) from the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund, a budget approved by the Council for the Promotion of Inter-Korean Exchanges and Cooperation, to renovate and repair the building.

The joint liaison office between South Korea and North Korea in Kaesong, North Korea, was blown up on June 16.

This is the first fixed communication center between the two Korean peninsulas, with a practical role like an embassy.

South Korean officials worked on the second floor, while North Korean representatives were arranged on the top floor.

At the time the office began operating, the process of resuming diplomatic relations on the peninsula was quickly pushed to a climax.

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification then announced that the office would become a `round-the-clock communication and consultation channel`, aiming to promote inter-Korean relations, while improving relations between Washington and Pyongyang, as well as appeasing

Although the two sides once agreed to hold weekly meetings between leaders in the office, no meetings have taken place since February last year, after South-Korean relations cooled because of the US summit.

Since the end of January, the liaison office was closed due to Covid-19 concerns, and the Korean employees here also returned home.

North Korea and South Korea have since made two calls a day, at 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Pyongyang’s anger comes from defectors spreading leaflets and other documents with anti-North Korean content into the country.

Last weekend, Kim Yo-jong, the North Korean leader’s sister, warned that the `useless` liaison office would soon `completely collapse`, and said she had ordered the military to prepare for further action.

Pyongyang’s threats became reality on June 16, when the inter-Korean joint liaison office was demolished.

`At 2:50 p.m., the liaison office was tragically destroyed in a shocking explosion,` North Korean state news agency KCNA reported.

The symbol of inter-Korean relations crumbled into dust

The moment the Korea-North Korea Liaison Office was demolished

The moment the Inter-Korean Joint Liaison Office collapsed on the afternoon of June 16.

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