Seoul’s 'deep regret' over inter-Korean office demolition by North Korea

June 22, 2020

SEOUL--South Korea's National Security Council held an emergency meeting hours after North Korea demolished an inter-Korean liaison office in the border city of Gaeseong. The council expressed "strong regret" over the North's unilateral destruction of the building, which was established with the signing of the 2018 Panmunjom Declaration.

"The demolition constitutes an action betraying the expectations of all who wish for the development of inter-Korean relations and the settlement of peace on the Korean Peninsula," Kim You-geun, Deputy Director of the Presidential national security office, told reporters after the meeting.

"The Government makes it clear that responsibility for anything that happens as a result of this act lies entirely with the North's side. 

"We will strongly respond should North Korea take any action that further worsens the situation," he said. (ATI).