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N Korea at crossroads

North Korea brands South 'enemy' as domestic woes mount

Income dries up and food crisis looms as coronavirus keeps borders shut

SEOUL -- North Korean state media claimed this week that "the whole country is ablaze with fury" over a few small but determined groups of South Korean activists who fly anti-Pyongyang leaflets over the two Koreas' shared border.

The message signaled an end to two years of rapprochement with South Korea. Pyongyang has cut off all communication and labeled Seoul "an enemy." Shortly after North Korea's official news agency reported the decision, South Korean officials said that routine phone calls to the North via a hotline have gone unanswered.

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