Pyongyang provokes with nuke test, hacks, angry words
Protesting the newest sanctions and the annual Seoul-Washington joint military drill in March, Pyongyang carried out a series of provocations against South Korea. It declared it was discarding the armistice agreement that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, raised its military alertness to the highest level and launched a massive cyberattack against South Korean banks and broadcasting companies.
In April, the regime even shuttered the eight-year-old Kaesong Industrial Complex, a factory park it runs jointly with Seoul, pulling out its 53,000 workers from the complex and imposing an entry ban on all workers and cargo from South Korea. The five-month-long shutdown finally ended when the two Koreas reopened the complex in September.