North Korea says it will redeploy troops to now-shuttered inter-Korean tourism and economic sites near the border with South Korea.
The North’s military made the announcement on June 17, a day after it blew up an inter-Korean liaison office just north of the Korean border in an escalating of tensions between the rivals.
The North’s General Staff says its military units will be deployed at the sites of the Diamond tourism project and the Kaesong industrial complex, both located just north of the heavily-fortified border.
Those sites, once symbols of inter-Korean cooperation, have been shuttered amid animosities over North Korea’s nuclear program for years.
The North says it will also resume military exercises and re-establish guard posts in front-line areas and fly propaganda balloons toward South Korea. These steps means that North Korea will nullify a 2018 tension-reduction deal with South Korea.