North Korea cuts ties, declares armistice invalid
HONG KONG (CNN)—After tensions spiked with the approval of new sanctions by the U.N. against North Korea, the North Korean army has declared the armistice agreement with South Korea invalid.
Leaders in that country have been threatening to throw out the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953 with a truce.
North Korea also cut direct phone links with South Korea, which were used for emergency communication between the two sides.
Since the two sides are still technically at war, it is unknown whether the invalidation means that either side can resume hostilities.
CNN reports that the Rodong Sinmun newspaper reported that the Supreme Command of North Korea’s army says it can make a “strike of justice at any target anytime, not bound to the armistice agreement and achieve the national reunification, the cherished desire of the Korean nation.”
Officials note that North Korea has nullified the agreement on several occasions over the last 10 years.