North Korea has blown up its joint liaison office with the South near the border town of Kaesong, just hours after the North made threats of military action at the Korean border.

The centre, which is in North Korea, was opened in 2018 to act as an inter-Korean liaison office. The explosion was confirmed by South Korean officials.
North Korea is a military dictatorship, while their South Korean neighbour has been a democracy since the war between the two regions.

Just hours previously, the North Korean army released a statement threatening to invade the Demilitarized Zone between the two countries, threatening to turn the border between the two into a “fortress” and “further heighten military vigilance”.

“We accepted from the United Front Department of the Party Central Committee and arms of the department in charge of the affairs with enemy an opinion on studying an action plan for taking measures to make the army advance again into the zones that had been demilitarized under the north-south agreement, turn the front line into a fortress and further heighten the military vigilance against the south,” a statement from General Staff of the Korean People’s Army.

“Our army is keeping a close watch on the current situation in which the north-south relations are turning worse and worse, and getting itself fully ready for providing a sure military guarantee to any external measures to be taken by the Party and government,” the statement said.

The Demilitarized Zone was established in 1953 after the Korean War, and is 160 miles long.