Published Oct. 19, 2020
North Korea used explosives to demolish a diplomatic border office used for inter-Korea dialogue on June 16, 2020.
The demolition is being seen as a symbolic gesture as the office building is located within North Korean territory and there were no South Koreans present or any casualties. To further express their dissatisfaction with the current stalemate in nuclear talks, North Korea also shut down all lines of communication with the south.
North Korea often uses provocation to garner international relief when their people are starving more than usual. Sanctions and Covid-19 are likely having great negative impacts on North Korea's economy.
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