Taiwan keeping close eye on North Korea situation: Presidential Office

 

Taipei Taiwan is closely watching the situation in North Korea, as the country seems poised to create a crisis amid escalating tensions with South Korea, a Presidential Office spokesperson said Tuesday.

In an effort to maintain stability, Taiwan’s national security team has been keeping a close eye on the latest developments in North Korea, Presidential Office spokesman Xavier Chang  said.

At the same time, the relevant government agencies have been assessing all possible scenarios and maintaining contact with other countries to keep abreast of what is happening in North Korea, Chang.

As a constructive member of the international community, Taiwan is willing to contribute to the global efforts to safeguard world peace and maintain regional stability and order, he said.

Chang’s comments came after foreign news services reported that North Korea on Tuesday blew up a joint liaison office with the South on the north’s side of the border, following days of increasingly virulent rhetoric from Pyongyang.

South Korea’s Ministry of Unification has confirmed that the office was demolished by the North.

On Tuesday, South Korean television showed smoke rising from a long-shuttered industrial zone just across the border in Kaesong, where the office was set up in September 2018, AFP reported, noting that the office was closed in January due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pyongyang may be attempting to create a crisis, as its negotiations with Washington on lifting sanctions are at a standstill, the report said, citing analysts.

Since early June, North Korea has issued a series of rancorous statements over the distribution of anti-Pyongyang leaflets across its border by defectors and human rights groups.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

 

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