June 18, 2020 11:25
North Korea wasted a vast amount of explosives on blowing up the inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong, presumably to make a show of incandescent fury.
A closer look at footage of the demolition North Korea released on Wednesday shows debris flying into surrounding buildings and partly damaging them.
A military source here said, "It's not easy to accurately estimate how many explosives North Korea used to demolish the office, but it seems like much more than the usual amount."
Estimates are in the region of 100 to 220 kg of TNT. Shin Jong-woo at the Korea Defense Security Forum in Seoul, said, "North Korea used an excessive amount of explosives without caring about damage to other buildings."
This suggests the North has no hope of one day reopening the surrounding Kaesong Industrial Complex, Shin added.
The North had apparently been preparing to demolish the office since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong threatened to do so last Saturday. Trucks believed to be carrying explosives were spotted at the time.
Minjoo Party lawmaker Min Hong-chul said sparks were seen on the first and second floors of the building the day after Kim Yo-jong made her statement. They presumably came from workers planting the explosives in the building.
This raises the question why the South Korean government did not try to stop North Korea. But a government official said, "Even if we were aware of such developments, there probably wasn't much we could do."
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