North Korea Pulls Out Of Liaison Office With South In Response To US Sanctions

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North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un making an address to mark the New Year 2019 in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Jan 1, 2019.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

North Korea on Friday withdrew from a liaison office in South Korea in response to the first U.S. sanctions levied against Pyongyang since last month’s nuclear summit broke down, Reuters reported.

“The North’s side pulled out after conveying to us that they are doing so on the instructions from a higher level, during a liaison officials’ contact this morning,” South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told a briefing, according to the report.

The bureau was set up as a channel communication between the two nations last year, which technically still remain at war.

The move comes after the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control penalized two Chinese firms for violating international and U.S. prohibitions on trade with North Korea in response to the nation’s nuclear and missile programs.   

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