North Korea blew up an office set up to foster better ties with South Korea on Tuesday in a "terrific explosion" after it threatened to take action if North Korean defectors went ahead with a campaign to send propaganda leaflets into the North.
Reuters: Surveillance video released by South Korea...showed a large explosion that appeared to bring down the four-storey structure. The blast also appeared to cause a partial collapse of a neighbouring 15-storey... residential facility for SK officials staffing the office.
Reuters: The office, when it was operating, effectively served as an embassy for the old rivals and its destruction represents a major setback to efforts by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to coax the North into cooperation.
Reuters: The destruction of the office "broke the expectations of all people who hope for the development of inter-Korean relations and lasting peace on the peninsula", South Korea's deputy national security advisor Kim You-geun told a briefing.
Reuters: "We're making clear that the North is entirely responsible for all the consequences this might cause," he said.
Reuters: KCNA said the office was blown up to force "human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes".
North Korea refers to defectors as "human scum".
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