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BREAKING NEWS: North Korea blows up South Korean office

By Johnnie Rosario

Bloomberg is reporting that: "North Korea destroyed an inter-Korean liaison office on its side of the border Tuesday, South Korea said, shortly after threatening military action in the region over anti-Pyongyang leaflets sent into its territory.

The New York Times and the Telegraph also are carrying the story.

“North Korea blew up the inter-Korean liaison office,” South Korea’s Unification Ministry said in a text message, according to Bloomberg's report by Kanga Kong and Jeong-Ho Lee.

Yonhap News Agency, which first brought the world the report today that North Korea's military had threatened to enter a disarmed zone in the Korean peninsula, reported that "Smoke and an explosion were observed rising from an area close to the industrial park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong."

The facility was set up in 2018 as part of a deescalation of tensions between the two Koreas, intended to serve as a liaison office to maintain relations between the two countries. It brought constant communication between the two sides for the first time since the Korean War, according to Bloomberg.

Civil Defense administrator Charles Esteves was unaware of the event, when Kandit called for comment on the matter, and said he will reach out to military and other federal partners to determine what threat level, if any, this brings to the Marianas - the closest United States jurisdictions to the emerging conflict.

Global news reports also indicate that for the first time in three years, three carrier strike groups are in the Indo-Pacific region.

This is a developing story.

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