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S Korea urges North to uphold deals amid rising animosities

Posted at 1:44 AM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 01:44:24-04

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has convened an emergency security meeting and urged North Korea to uphold reconciliation agreements, hours after the North threatened to demolish a liaison office and take military action against its rival.

There’s concern that North Korea could turn to provocation to bolster its internal unity and wrest outside concessions as nuclear talks with the United States remain deadlocked.

Observers say North Korea desperately needs sanctions relief in the face of harsh U.S.-led sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic.

North Korea has accused its southern neighbor of failing to prevent activists from launching propaganda leaflets across their border.

But experts say it's really deeply frustrated that South Korea hasn’t done enough to revive lucrative joint economic projects.