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North Korea suspends radio transmissions and reduces communication with South Korea in January 2024.

By Jennifer Jan 13, 2024
Soldier stands guard in the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in a file photo from 2018.Mitsuru Tamura / APSoldier stands guard in the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, in a file photo from 2018.Mitsuru Tamura / AP

In December, Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, demanded a “decisive policy change” in their ties with the South.

The Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday that North Korea has ceased operations of a radio station that it used to transmit coded signals to its operatives in South Korea. This is the latest indication that the reclusive nation is altering the way it manages its contacts with Seoul.

North Korea halts radio broadcasts, curbs exchanges with South -Yonhap | Reuters
North Korea halts radio broadcasts, curbs exchanges with South -Yonhap | Reuters

In recent weeks, North Korea has increased pressure on Seoul, branding it the β€œprincipal enemy,” announcing that it would never reunite with the South, and pledging to improve its capacity to launch a nuclear attack on the United States and its allies in the Pacific.

Known as a numbers station, Radio Pyongyang formerly carried enigmatic coded numbers that were presumably intended for Pyongyang spies in South Korea. On Saturday, its website was also down.

Speaking to his governing party at the end of the year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered a “decisive policy change” in ties with the South, telling the military to be ready to occupy and pacify the country in the case of a crisis.

Early on Saturday, North Korea announced intentions to dismantle agencies in charge of civilian exchanges with South Korea. “To readjust all relevant organizations… including the North Side Committee for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration, the North Headquarters of the Pan-national Alliance for Korea’s Reunification,” according to a decision announced by state media KCNA.

Bangkok Post - North Korea halts radio broadcasts, curbs exchanges with South
Bangkok Post – North Korea halts radio broadcasts, curbs exchanges with South

Tensions are high since the 1950–53 Korean War concluded in a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, meaning that North and South Korea are still nominally at war.

NK News, a news organization headquartered in Seoul, reported on Friday that a number of North Korean propaganda websites had been down for more than 24 hours.

According to the statement, at least since Thursday morning, the websites of Ryomyong, Ryugyong, Arirang Meari, DPRK Today, Arirang Meari, and Tongil Voice have been unavailable.

NEWS SOURCE : NBC NEWS

By Jennifer

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