North Korea Threatens to End Ceasefire With South Korea due to US-China Sanctions
North Korea is looking to end the armistice agreement with South Korea due to sanctions imposed by the United States and the Peoples Republic of China. The joint effort US-China economic sanctions come as a result of nuclear tests conducted by the North Korean military on February 12th. The North Korean government issued a statement in response to the sanctions and over military exercises, stating that it would perceive the upcoming exercises by joint U.S-South Korean military forces “as an open declaration of war.”
Huffington Post reports that the North Korean government is looking to remove the line of communication between the US and North Korea at a border village, as well as to end the 60 year armistice agreement on march 11th, when the joint military exercises between South Korea and U.S are expected to begin. The armistice was part of the original ceasefire agreement which ended the Korean War, although no peace treaty was ever officially signed.