North Korea has been ramping up tensions with South Korea in recent weeks blowing up a joint liaison office on its side of the border last week, declared an end to dialogue with South Korea and threatening military action.
Our correspondent in charge of North Korean affairs, Hong Yoo, is at Imjingak, the last village before the DMZ dividing the two Koreas.
Yoo, what's the atmosphere like over there?
Well, Connyoung, as you just said, with the North having destroyed the Inter-Korean joint liaison office in Gaeseong, which is just about 27 kilometers from where I'm standing, and the North's military saying that it will resume all kinds of regular exercises near the border this week, it is definitely worrisome.
But from here, it looks quite serene, actually.
There have been no military moves observed as of today.
But the South Korean military is closely monitoring the Military Demarcation Line for any provocations since the North Korean military leadership said in a statement Wednesday that it's going to redeploy troops near the border.
That would undo the progress made since the 2018 military agreement, which saw 11 guard posts on each side either destroyed or decommissioned and kept for historical purposes.
And that is just one of the many things North Korea has claimed it will do to nullify that agreement.
Yoo, no official statement or comment yet from North Korea after South Korea's Blue House hit back at North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong's harshly worded statement on Wednesday?
No response. It's been three days now since the Moon administration fired back at the regime over its senseless criticisms of the country and its leadership.
South Korea's top office had said that it will no longer tolerate North Korea's behavior.
But the North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun has ridiculed those words from South Korea, calling them nonsensical.
It added that North Koreans are angry and want to take revenge on the South by, for example, sending a large number of their own propaganda leaflets across the border.
Experts say that the inter-Korean relations right now are like a rollercoaster, and that this could be the calm before the storm.
The military could be waiting to get approval from the regime's ruling party Central Military Commission before it takes action.
That's all I have at this hour, Connyoung.