North Korea Blows Up Liaison Office North of Border: South Korean Officials

SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea has blown up an inter-Korean liaison office building just inside its border.

Seoul’s Unification Ministry said the building in the North Korean border town of Kaesong was destroyed at 2:49 p.m.

It said that the detonation of the liason office had already been preannounced by the North, and that Seoul was seeking more details to access the situation, according to Yonhap.

South Korean Minister Kim Yeon-chul told the parliamentary standing committee on foreign affairs and unification, “It is something partly preannounced (by North Korea).”

Photos from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency showed smoke rising from what appeared to be a complex of buildings. The agency said the area was part of a now-shuttered industrial park where the liaison office was located.

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