On Tuesday, North Korea blew up the inter-Korean joint liaison office based in Kaesong that once facilitated communication and cooperation between the two Koreas. Moreover, Pyongyang also declared it has scrapped the inter-Korean military agreement signed in 2018 and appears to have begun deploying some of its soldiers to the demilitarized zone. North Korea has claimed that the measures are just the beginning and has vowed to take further action, opening up a new round of hostilities that threaten regional security.
While North Korea argues that the latest series of actions were countermeasures against South Korea’s slow response to stop anti-Pyongyang leaflets airdropped by certain civic organizations, Pyongyang’s true rationale is much more complex.
As is often the case, North Korea’s