North Korea's Kim closes agencies aimed at reunification

Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

© APA | Kim Jong Un, Supreme Leader of North Korea

# 16 January 2024 09:13 (UTC +04:00)

North Korea's decision to abolish the organizations dealing with cooperation and reunification with the South was made by the North's rubber-stamp parliament on Monday, APA reports citing Deutsche Welle.

"The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, the National Economic Cooperation Bureau and the (Mount Kumgang) International Tourism Administration, tools which existed for (North-South) dialogue, negotiations and cooperation, are abolished," the Supreme People's Assembly said in a statement, adding that the government in Pyongyang will take "practical measures" to implement the decision.

The assembly said the two Koreas were now locked in an "acute confrontation" and that it would be a serious mistake for the North to regard the South as a partner in diplomacy.

The move is a part of a flurry of recent measures, including live-fire artillery drills and missile launches, that have heightened tensions in the region.