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N. Korea disconnects communication hotline with S. Korea
2013.03.11 17:39:09 | 2013.03.11 17:58:14

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North Korea heightened the tension on the Korean peninsula to the peak as the regime nullified the ceasefire agreement with South Korea as it had warned to do so, after South Korea and the US began their joint military training involving computer-simulated drill Key Resolve Monday. North Korea also cut off the inter-Korean communication hotline.

Against such threat, the Blue House and the South Korean military have activated an emergency preparedness in addition to the joint military training. Blue House officials in charge of foreign affairs and security are reportedly standing by around the clock under the command of Kim Jang-soo, a nominee for the chief of the Presidential Office of National Security, at the underground bunker of the Blue House.

“We have become fully prepared against North Korea’s possible provocation, especially in the northwestern island areas including Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong islands where such provocation is more likely, as we have reviewed all provocation scenarios and response manuals,” said an official at the Blue House.

“We are in a crisis as North Korea threatens a war daily, yet our security command center remains vacant since nominees for chief of the Presidential Office of National Security and minister of defense have not been approved and National Intelligence Service (NIS) is in disarray,” said President Park at the new administration’s first cabinet meeting, urging the National Assembly to swiftly pass the governmental restructuring bill.

Despite the threat, North Korea allowed South Koreans associated with companies operating at the Gaeseong Industrial Complex to have access to the industrial park. North Korea notified the South it permits South Korean nationals to enter the industrial complex via a military communication line near the Yellow Sea.

[Written by Sun-kul Kim - Sun-ah Kim / edited by Soyoung Chung]

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Korean View
北 직통전화 끊고 "불벼락" 위협
코스피 한때 2000 붕괴 금융시장 출렁

북한은 11일 한ㆍ미 합동 `키리졸브` 훈련 시작을 계기로 정전협정 전면 백지화와 불가침 합의 폐기 등을 선언하고 위협 수위를 최고조로 높였다. 북한은 이날 판문점 남북연락사무소 직통전화(적십자채널)도 폐쇄했다.

노동신문은 이날 "최후 결전의 시각이 왔다"며 "바로 오늘부터 이 땅에서 간신히 존재해오던 정전협정이 완전히 백지화됐다"고 보도했다.

노동신문은 또 "마침내 참고 참아온 멸적의 불벼락을 후련히 안길 때가 왔다"며 거친 표현을 쏟아냈다.

청와대와 군은 키리졸브 훈련과 동시에 이 같은 북의 위협에 맞서 비상태세를 가동 중이다. 특히 청와..

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