South Korea abandons deal with North Korea after trash balloon spat

South Korea abandons deal with North Korea after trash balloon spat


South Korea suspended a 2018 military agreement with North Korea on Tuesday after promising “unbearable” retaliation for North Korea’s trash balloon campaign.

The suspension of the pact will allow South Korea to resume “military training in the areas around the Military Demarcation Line” and enable “more sufficient and immediate responses to North Korean provocations,” according to a statement by South Korea’s National Security Council.

North Koreans along the military fences near a military guard post, top right, are seen from South Korea’s Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, June 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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“The responsibility for this situation lies solely with North Korea,” Cho Chang-rae, South Korea’s deputy defense minister for policy, said. “If North Korea launches additional provocations, our military, in conjunction with the solid

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