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(LEAD) N. Korea blasts leaflet campaigns in South, threatens to shut inter-Korean office

All News 23:39 June 05, 2020

(ATTN: UPDATES with more details throughout)

SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Friday threatened to shut down an inter-Korean liaison office as it continued to criticize South Korea over civilian-led anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaigns.

"We will abolish the inter-Korean liaison office sitting idly in the Kaesong industrial complex immediately," a spokesperson for the North's United Front Department (UFD) said in a statement condemning the South's anti-Pyongyang leaflet campaigns.

UFD is a key organ in the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea in charge of inter-Korean affairs and espionage operations.

"Upon review of the current situation, it is our decision to go as far as possible in the vicious circle of confrontation," the spokesperson said.

The statement also said that the North was "preparing what the South may consider as very exhausting and we plan to make them suffer."

The UFD spokesperson said that Kim Yo-jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, has ordered the UFD to review implementations of actions mentioned in an earlier statement.

"We plan to come up with measures that we have mentioned earlier," the spokesperson said.

On Thursday, Kim Yo-jong, issued a strongly worded statement condemning the leaflet campaign, saying good faith and reconciliation can never go together with such hostile activities.

"Clearly speaking, the South Korean authorities will be forced to pay a dear price if they let this situation go on while making sort of excuses," she said in the statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency.

This file photo shows members of the Fighters For Free North Korea, an activist group, sending balloons containing anti-North Korea leaflets into the communist country from Paju, northwest of Seoul in April 2016. (Yonhap)


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