Korea

North and South Korea border tensions: Seven things to know

SEOUL — Just over two years since the leaders of the two Koreas shook hands over the demarcation line that has separated the countries for decades, tensions on the peninsula are escalating rapidly.

In recent days, North Korea has destroyed an inter-Korea liaison office on its side of the border and has threatened military action against the South. Seoul has responded by threatening retaliation against Pyongyang — moves that have hindered South Korea President Moon Jae-in’s policy priority of seeking reconciliation between the countries, which are still technically at war.

Here are seven things to know about the latest developments

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South Korea vows to retaliate against any North military action

SEOUL — South Korea vowed Wednesday to retaliate against any North Korea military action after Pyongyang threatened to send troops into border areas.

“The North will pay the price for any military actions,” Major General Jeon Dong-jin of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters. “We are monitoring North Korean forces’ movements around the clock. We keep a firm military readiness and will continue to make efforts to stop military tensions from escalating.”

North Korean state media reported early Wednesday that the isolated nation plans to deploy troops to protect two areas near the border that had previously been

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North Korea seeks to break stalemate as Pompeo heads to Hawaii

SEOUL — East Asian geopolitics kicked into high gear Tuesday, after months of being hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, as North Korea destroyed its liaison office with South Korea.

It quickly followed up on Wednesday morning with a series of harsh statements that included an announcement that its army will reenter border areas of Kaesong and Mount Kumgang that were disarmed under inter-Korean agreements.

With its economy under heavy strain from sanctions and the halt in trade with China to shut out the virus, North Korea has resorted to its well-tested tactic of stepping up provocations to usher in a

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North Korea seeks breakthrough as Pompeo heads to Hawaii

SEOUL — East Asian geopolitics kicked into high gear Tuesday, after months of being hamstrung by the coronavirus pandemic, as North Korea destroyed its liaison office with South Korea.

With its economy under heavy strain from sanctions and the halt in trade with China to shut out the virus, North Korea has resorted to its well-tested tactic of stepping up provocations to usher in a breakthrough.

It came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to Hawaii for a closed-door meeting with a senior Chinese official, reportedly to be top diplomat Yang Jiechi.

Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun,

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