North Korea threaten war: Kim Jong-un to send troops to border and rebuild defences

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North Korea, under the rule of Supreme leader Kim Jong-un, demolished a joint liaison office with the South. Images of the destroyed building were shared by Pyongyang’s state news agency.

The move by the North marks the end of the two year period of trying to improve relations between the countries as tensions escalate.

The building which was destroyed was the first permanent official South Korean presence in the North since 1953.

Reports claim the North Korean People’s Army will send combat units back to the border, where they withdrew back in 2018 during an agreement with Mr Kim and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in.

They will also reportedly rebuild dismantled guard posts and resume military exercise.

Mr Moon was the subject of a scathing article written by Mr Kim’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, who announced the severed relationship between the two states.

She wrote: “He said that he feels great regret over the South-North ties that had not made progress as expected.

“Is it the attitude… to be taken by the so-called ‘state leader’ to just express vague expectation and regret?

“It is our fixed judgement that it is no longer possible to discuss the North-South ties with such a servile partner engaging only in disgrace and self-ruin, being soaked by deep-rooted flunkyism.”

Mr Moon offered to send two senior officials to Pyongyang for talks but it was rejected.

In a statement obtained by the official Korean Central News Agency, it said: “The South Korean chief executive greatly favours sending special envoys for ‘tiding over crises’ and raises preposterous proposals frequently.

“But he has to clearly understand that such a trick will no longer work on us.”

Recently, tensions with South Korea have escalated after they announced a plan to look into two groups of defectors that have sent aid and propaganda leaflets to their former home nation.

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In response, Kim Yo-jong stated that “an instruction” was given to the department in charge of affairs with the “enemy” for them to “decisively carry out the next action”.

In the state-owned newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, Ms Jong said: “I would like to ask the South Korean authorities if they are ready to take care of the consequences of evil conduct done by the rubbish-like mongrel dogs who took no scruple to slander us while faulting the ‘nuclear issue’ in the meanest way at the most untimely time.

“I detest those who feign ignorance or encourage more than those who move to do others harm.”

She went on to call the defectors as “human scum little short of wild animals who betrayed their own homeland”.

This aggression may be an attempt to cover up other problems in the state including suspicions about the health of their leader, famine or even coronavirus cases.

Although Mr Kim remains the Supreme Leader of North Korea, a number of actions have been carried out by his sister over the past two months due to rumours of his ill health.

Ms Jong’s recent declaration against South Korea could reignite rumours that the leader is not well because she has been permitted to give orders on his behalf.

Many speculate his sister would be next in line to serve as well as his uncle.

However, reports have said that Kim Yo Jong will have no chance of taking over the reins as North Korea’s leader, as the country would perceive her takeover an “insult” to democracy.

Chris Mikul, the author of the 2019 book ‘My Favourite Dictators’, claimed it was unusual for her to be shown as equal to her brother but didn’t think she would be able to become the next leader.

He told Express.co.uk: “To state the obvious, it’s a fairly sexist society… I thought it would be a step too far for her to take over but then you don’t know.

“Everything about North Korea is a supposition to some extent and usually whenever anything happens there is a time lag.”

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