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A disappointing and potentially concerning development in terms of inter-Korean relations.
We've learned just over an hour ago that North Korea will cut off all inter-Korean communication lines starting from noon, Korea time, in around four hours from now.
The North's state-run media explained that this includes the communication line via the inter-Korean liaison office as well as the direct line between the North's ruling Workers' Party and the Blue House, the South's presidential office.
It added the instruction was given by Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the regime's leader Kim Jong-un, who stressed that all inter-Korean projects need to be turned against the enemy.
This comes just a day after South Korea's defense ministry confirmed the military hotlines between the two Koreas were in normal operation, saying it had calls with the North twice on Monday.