Security situation on Korean Peninsula becomes ‘very grave’
SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s new Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Monday that the security situation on the Korean Peninsula has become “very grave” as tensions rise over North Korea’s threats of war.
“The security situation on the Korean Peninsula for now is very grave as the unpredictability surrounding North Korea is rising following its third nuclear test,” Yun said in his inauguration speech as he officially took up the post.
via YONHAP NEWS.
North Korea Severs Hotline with South
SEOUL — South Korean officials say Pyongyang seems to have made good on a threat to sever the hotline at the Panmunjom truce village as South Korea and the United States commence a joint military exerciseMonday. The North is responding to the exercise by claiming it will abrogate the 1953 Armistice Agreement and threatening a preemptive nuclear strike.
As more than 13,000 American and South Korean military personnel began the Key Resolve annual joint drill, no one on the northern side of the de-militarized zone answered the routine daily 9 am hotline telephone call from the South.
North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid
North Korea army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, an official North Korean newspaper reports.
The move comes after a new joint military exercise between South Korea and the United States began.
More than 3,000 U.S. forces are taking part in Key Resolve, according to United States Forces Korea.
North Korea has called the annual training exercises “an open declaration of a war,” but South Korea says it notified Pyongyang that the drills “are defensive in nature.”
(Source: CNN Breaking)
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