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by Daniel Russ on May 25, 2010

South Korean Sentry Manning DMZ

“South Korean government officials working at a joint industrial park in the northern border town of Kaesong, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch monitored in Seoul late Tuesday.

Tensions were rising on the divided Korean peninsula in the wake of an investigation report blaming North Korea for a torpedo attack that sank the Cheonan warship on March 26, killing 46 South Korean sailors.

South Korea’s military restarted psychological warfare operations – including blaring radio broadcasts into the North and placing loudspeakers at the border to blast out propaganda – to punish the North for the provocation. The South is also slashing trade and denying permission to North Korean cargo ships to pass through South Korean waters.

North Korea struck back by declaring it would cut all ties with the South until President Lee Myung-bak leaves office in early 2013. South Korean ships and airliners will be banned from passing through its territory and the North will start “all-out counterattacks” against the South’s psychological warfare, the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification said in a statement carried by KCNA.

The North’s committee called the moves “the first phase” of punitive measures against South Korea, suggesting more action could follow.”

Source: AP

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