October 01, 2020

North Korea to deploy troops, resume military drills in demilitarized areas

Pyongyang also says it rejected request from Seoul to send a special envoy in a bid to easing souring tensions

North Korea's army on Wednesday said it would soon redeploy soldiers to the previously-demilitarized Kaesong Industrial Zone and the Mount Kumgang areas, a move which would effectively nullify a 2018 inter-Korean military agreement amid mounting tensions on the peninsula.

In a statement carried on the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) just hours after the demolishing of an inter-Korean liaison office in the border city of Kaesong, the General Staff of the Korean People's Army (KPA) said the retaliatory actions were in response to Seoul's failure to stop activists sending anti-regime leaflets into its territory.