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North Korea publishes photos of how its liaison workplace with South blows up

The North Korean state media released pictures of the destruction of the joint liaison office with South Korea on Tuesday.

The Seoul Unification Ministry confirmed that the building in the North Korean border town of Kaesong was demolished "by bombing" on Tuesday afternoon local time, NBC News reported.

Due to the increasing tensions on the Korean peninsula, North Korea interrupted communication with the south and threatened to return the armed forces to demilitarized zones on the border.

The warnings came amidst deadlocked nuclear talks with the United States and could be a signal that Pyongyang is frustrated with what it sees as "failed democracy," John Park, director of the Korea project at Harvard Kennedy School, told Monday CNBC.

A view of an explosion of a joint liaison office with South Korea in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea, in this image, delivered by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in North Korea on June 16, 2020.

KCNA | Reuters

A view of an explosion of a joint liaison office with South Korea in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea, in this image, delivered by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in North Korea on June 16, 2020.

KCNA | Reuters

The two countries are still technically at war, since the Korean War in 1953 did not officially end with a peace treaty, but ended with an armistice.

The inter-Korean office opened in 2018 in a warmer relationship between the two sides.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met at least three times this year and raised hopes of reconciliation at the time. The relationships were bad after that.

A view of a joint liaison office with South Korea in the border town of Kaesong, North Korea, in this image, delivered by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in North Korea on June 16, 2020.

KCNA | REUTERS

– CNBC's Huileng Tan contributed to this report.

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