North Korea threatens to shut liaison office with South

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is threatening to permanently abolish a liaison office with South Korea as it continues to condemn its rival for failing to prevent activists from sending anti-North Korean leaflets across the border. The statement by North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party came a day after the powerful sister of leader Kim Jong Un said the country would end an inter-Korean military agreement reached in 2018 to reduce tensions if Seoul fails to stop the protests. A spokesman for the Workers’ Party’s inter-Korean Affairs Department says the scrapping of the liaison office will be the first in a series of North Korean steps that would cause extreme suffering for the South.