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Decaying ties: North Korea moves to cut hotlines with South Korea

The already frosty ties between North and South Korea is about to get even worse with the North moving to cut two key hotlines with the South.

North Korea’s latest move is coming after it received wide-spread condemnation following its recent long-range satellite launch which according to the U.S. is constantly tumbling in orbit and is incapable of being useful in anyway to Pyongyang.

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The move to cut the hotlines by Kim Jong-un’s administration comes after Seoul decided to suspended its operations at the jointly-run Kaesong industrial complex in the North.

According to officials in Seoul, the suspension is aimed at cutting off money the North realises and uses for the development of nuclear and missile weaponry.

One of the last points of co-operation between the two Koreas and a key source of revenue for Pyongyang, Kaesong has now been declared a military zone with North Korea calling the shutdown “a declaration of war”.

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