North Korea has stopped responding to calls on the military communication line
The North Korean military stopped responding to calls on military lines of communication, have informed Agency Renhap, the representative of the Ministry of defence of the Republic of Korea.
According to him, the South Korean military today in the morning tried to make a call on the military lines on the Western and Eastern parts of the border, but no one answered. Left unanswered attempts to communicate through the Navy through the international network of communication of merchant ships.
Published today in the morning the KCNA, the DPRK authorities announced the adoption of measures to fully break all lines of communication between North and South. According to the Agency, June 8 at the General meeting of departments responsible for work on the South Korean direction, the Deputy Chairman of the Central Committee of the workers ' party of Korea, Kim Yong Chol, first Deputy head of the Department of the Central Committee of the WPK Kim Jeong stressed the need for "consistent turn South Korean Affairs in Affairs with the enemy". As a first step, was instructed to completely stop communicating on all channels, including military and special the line between the top leadership of the two countries.
DPRK June 5 announced the intention to suspend the work of the joint liaison office of the North and South in response to the launch of the organization of North Korean defectors balloons with leaflets criticizing the country's leadership. On the eve of the representatives of the South Korean unification Ministry, in charge of the whole spectrum of relations with the DPRK, failed from morning to communicate with their counterparts in Pyongyang, however, the phone call took place. Today on Wake up call also nobody answered, with no prior notification about the termination of the lines of the South Korean side has not received.
The official representative of the defense Ministry during the morning briefing that the military will closely monitor the situation and if necessary take appropriate action. In the presidential administration, according to Yonhap, yet analyze the decision of the DPRK and refrain from official comments. However, the meeting of the permanent members of the South Korean security Council, it was decided not to convene.
Usually, the military of the North and South regularly talk on the phone twice a day at 9.00 and 16.00 to ping. The line was laid along the Western coast of the Korean Peninsula, is also transmitted notice of intent to conduct telephone conversations to resolve conflict situations. So, she was enabled to discuss the firing coastal artillery on the island Channing in November last year in connection with the shelling of a South Korean guard suppliers in may this year.
The resumption of military communication lines, the parties agreed on the results of the inter-Korean summit in Panmunjom in April 2018. By July was able to restore the Western line, the link for which was discontinued with the suspension of the Kaesong industrial complex in February 2016. A month later he was running, and the Eastern line who was injured during the fire in November 2011.
At a meeting of leaders of the North and South in 2018 was also taken the decision to open on the territory of the inter-Korean industrial complex in Kaesong joint liaison office for regular meetings at the working level. He began work in September of the same year, but due to the outbreak of the epidemic COVID-19 in January 2020 at the proposal of the North Korean side went on the format of telephone consultation and exchange of faxes. Sessions are held twice a day at 9 am and 17 PM.
A week before the first summit in 2018, also for the first time established a direct line of communication between the headquarters of the Central Committee of the WPK and the residence of the South Korean President, "the Cheong WA Dae". However, usage of this channel by the leaders of the two countries have never been reported.