In a provocative move likely to heighten tensions between the two countries, the North Korean military destroyed a liaison office building meant to foster diplomatic communication between North and South Korea.
Having promised a "tragic scene" at the site just days ago, North Korea reduced the building to rubble. The building was in the North Korean border town Kaesong.
A propaganda statement from the North Korean government indicates the demolition was a direct response to the efforts of some South Korean reformers to fly leaflets across the demilitarized zone and into the communist country.
"The north-south joint liaison office was completely ruined on Tuesday," the statement read. "The relevant field of the DPRK put into practice the measure of completely destroying the north-south joint liaison office in the Kaesong Industrial zone in the wake of cutting off all communication ties between the north and the south, corresponding to the mindset of the enraged people to surely force human scum and those, who have sheltered the scum, to pay dearly for their crimes."
? These events mark an escalation of tensions after the first in-person meeting between North Korean president Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump last year.