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S Korea Unification Minister in Charge of Inter-Korean Relations Reportedly Offers to Step Down

© AP Photo / Ahn Young-joonMilitary guard posts of North Korea, rear, and South Korea, foreground, are seen in Paju, at the border with North Korea, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Military guard posts of North Korea, rear, and South Korea, foreground, are seen in Paju, at the border with North Korea, South Korea, Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - Sputnik International
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The news comes amid a new round of escalations on the peninsula after Pyongyang blew up a joint liaison office with the South near the northern border town of Kaesong.

South Korean Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul offered his resignation on Tuesday, stating he was responsible for the recent deterioration between Seoul and Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported.

North Korean authorities previously destroyed the office, which has been serving as a communication tool between the two countries and accused Seoul of allowing North Korean defectors spread propaganda leaflets at the border.

© AP Photo / Lee Jin-manFILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea is seen from the Taesungdong freedom village inside the demilitarized zone during a press tour in Paju, South Korea
S Korea Unification Minister in Charge of Inter-Korean Relations Reportedly Offers to Step Down - Sputnik International
FILE - In this April 24, 2018, file photo, the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea is seen from the Taesungdong freedom village inside the demilitarized zone during a press tour in Paju, South Korea

The step comes after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, who is in charge of relations with South Korea, bashed the "useless" liaison office, stating it was "high time to break with the South Korean authorities".

Pyongyang also announced its armed forces would resume "all kinds of regular military exercises" near the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), promising to "turn the front line into a fortress and further heighten military vigilance against the South".

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