North Korea isn’t talking to the South anymore. Experts say it could be trying to manufacture a crisis
North Korean state media said several hotlines would be shuttered, including a military-to-military phone and another line meant to directly connect its leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a moment’s notice. These lines were considered important because they could help prevent an accidental military confrontation caused by misinterpreting or miscalculating the other side’s action or intention.
Choi Hyun-soo, a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry, said North Korea didn’t answer phone calls on a military line Tuesday morning for the first time since it was set up in 2018. A call to the joint liaison office hotline, which North Korea said it shuttered Friday, also went unanswered.
“Inter-Korean communication lines must be maintained according to the…