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North threatens to void military accord, shut off Kaesong

In its latest threat to Seoul, North Korea declared today it would "completely nullify" an inter-Korean agreement designed to prevent naval skirmishes in the western waters.

The North also said it would consider taking measures to ban all South Koreans and vehicles from entering the Kaesong Industrial Complex, without giving a specific time frame.

The agreement it threatens to break is a guarantee of military non-aggression from both sides.

If any South Korean vessel enters North Korean waters, "immediate physical strikes will be launched," the North warned today.

Since South Korea announced on Monday a series of countermeasures against the North for the attack on a South Korean warship in March, Pyongyang has issued a series of belligerent statements. The North expelled eight South Korean officials working at the consultative office in Kaesong Wednesday.

*The full version of the article can be read in tomorrow’s edition of the JoongAng Daily.

By Yoo Jee-ho Staff Reporter [jeeho@joongang.co.kr]
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중앙통신에 따르면 인민군 총참모부는 '중대통고문'을 통해 동.서해 군 통신선 차단과 개성공단 등에 대한 육로 통행 차단을 검토하겠다며 이같이 말했다.

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총참모부 통고문은 또 "(남조선) 괴뢰 군부가 재개하려는 반공화국 심리전 책동에 대해 전반적인 전선에서 무자비하게 대응할 것"이라며 확성기 등 '심리전 수단'을 조준 사격해 격파하겠다는 기존 입장을 재확인했다.
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