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North Korea wants a crisis, not cooperation

Destruction of joint liaison office sets back years of incremental progress

| North Korea
An explosion of the joint liaison office in Kaesong, North Korea on June 16: a period of quiet and stability is over now.   © KCNA/Reuters

Kathryn Botto is a research analyst in the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

After North Korea commemorated the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit last week by blowing up the joint liaison office, a de facto embassy with the South, it said there was "no future" for North-South relations.

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