May 28, 2010 08:07
The North Korean Army's General Staff on Thursday threatened to cut off all overland cross-border traffic.
The North Korean military said it will close liaison offices in the east and west coast and block all overland cross-border traffic to and from the Kaesong Industrial Complex and the Mt. Kumgang resort area. It also declared all military safety guarantees for inter-Korean exchange and cooperation projects null and void.
The announcement comes in retaliation for sanctions by South Korea over North Korea's torpedo attack on the Navy corvette Cheonan in March. On Wednesday, the North had warned it would ban the passage of South Korean personnel and vehicles to Kaesong. South Korean staffers in the industrial park as well as rump personnel in the Mt. Kumgang area will be stranded if the North makes good on the threat.
In the seven-point notice, the North reiterated threats to fire at loudspeakers set up for the resumption of psychological warfare and "respond mercilessly."
But Seoul said the plan to resume propaganda broadcasts across the demilitarized zone and drop propaganda leaflets is going ahead as planned.
Pyongyang also scrapped a by now virtually meaningless agreement to maintain peace along the Northern Limit Line and warned it will "immediately inflict physical damage over violation" of its own unilaterally drawn demarcation line further south.
The notice appears aimed at expressing support for a statement along broadly similar lines by the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland on Tuesday.
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