March 22, 2019 / 7:52 AM / 6 months ago

North Korea pulls out of liaison office with South - Unification Ministry

FILE PHOTO: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shake hands at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, South Korea, April 27, 2018. Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Friday pulled out of a liaison office with South Korea just north of their armed border, in a setback for South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s effort to end hostility and in the wake of a failed summit between the North and the United States.

North Korea conveyed the decision during a weekly meeting with the South on Friday morning saying it was on “instructions from a higher level,” South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told a news briefing.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Jack Kim & Simon Cameron-Moore

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