Kim Jong-un issues “final order”, says “battle for reunification will be started soon”… safety of hundreds of S. Koreans at Kaesong at risk… China voices ‘serious concern’, military buildup on NKorean border continues…
ACCESS TO KAESONG TEMPORARILY CLOSED
SEOUL – Access to the joint North-South Korean Kaesong Industrial Complex has been closed by North Korea – South Korean workers are allowed to travel back to the Southern side, but the traffic is one way.
The KCNA said this morning that Kim Jong Un is to issue a “final order,” to end North Korea’s ”long-standing history of showdown with the U.S.”
“The aggressors and provocateurs will face a disgraceful ruin in the final battle [for reunification] to be started soon, and the great Korean nation will greet the bright day of national reunification,” the article said.
China voices fears as South Korean workers are barred from Kaesong
Beijing expresses ‘serious concern’ over escalating crisis after Pyongyang bans South Koreans from jointly run complex
The diplomatic crisis on the Korean peninsula has deepened after North Korea barred South Korean workers from entering a jointly run industrial complex just north of the countries’ border.
China, meanwhile, voiced “serious concern” about rising tensions in the region, a day after North Korea said it would resume operations to produce weapons-grade plutonium.
China military buildup on NKorean border continues
China continued moving tanks and armored vehicles and flying flights near North Korea this week as part of a military buildup in the northeastern part of the country that U.S. officials say is related to the crisis with North Korea.
Chinese forces, including tanks and armored personnel carriers, have been spotted in the city of Ji’an and near the Yalu River, which splits China and North Korea. Other border regions were also reportedly being patrolled by planes.
China has also been conducting live-firing naval exercises in the Yellow Sea, scheduled to end on Monday. The move is widely viewed as open support for North Korea, which continues to show extreme opposition to the US-South Korean military drills that are to last until May.
The news comes as the US deployed its USS Fitzgerald destroyer off the coast of North Korea, adding to its Sunday deployment of F-22 fighter jets to take part in the drills with the friendly South, which has further served to heighten tensions on the peninsula.” (Just a little bit of article)