Kim with­draws staff from li­ai­son of­fice

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SEOUL – North Korea on Fri­day with­drew its staff from the joint li­ai­son of­fice it has op­er­ated with South Korea since Septem­ber, sig­nal­ing a hard­en­ing of its po­si­tion to­ward the South weeks after the failed sum­mit be­tween the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, and Pres­i­dent Trump.

North Korean staff at the li­ai­son of­fice in Kaesong, a North Korean town just north of the two coun­tries’ bor­der, packed up and left Fri­day, say­ing they had been or­dered to do so, the South’s Min­istry of Na­tional Uni­fi­ca­tion said. They did not ask their South Korean coun­ter­parts to leave, the min­istry said.

“We con­sider the North Kore­ans’ de­ci­sion re­gret­table and hope that they will re­turn as early as pos­si­ble so the li­ai­son of­fice can re­sume its nor­mal op­er­a­tion,” the min­istry said in a state­ment.

It was the North’s lat­est show of dis­con­tent since the talks in Hanoi, Viet­nam, be­tween Kim and Trump over the North’s nu­clear arms pro­gram ended with­out a deal.

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