May 17, 2022

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Inter-Korean office at Kaesong “temporarily closed” amid coronavirus fears: MOU

Shut down comes as North Korean party daily promises "revolutionary countermeasures" to 2019-nCoV spread

The two Koreas have agreed to shut down a jointly-run liaison office at Kaesong until the threat of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is "completely resolved," Seoul's Ministry of Unification (MOU) said in a statement on Thursday.

The move, which follows Pyongyang's earlier moves to ban all international tourism and institute a one-month quarantine on foreigners visiting from China, will see South Korean staff based at the office forced to return home as early as possible.