The South Korean Unification Ministry has confirmed that an explosion took place at the inter-Korean office in the border town of Kaesong at 2:49 p.m. local time on Tuesday.
The statement comes after the Yonhap news agency cited sources as saying that a blast had been heard from the joint Kaesong industrial complex located near the North Korean border. North Korea’s state broadcaster, KCTV, has confirmed the explosion of the joint-liaison office.
Following the explosion, South Korean President Moon Jae-in has reportedly convened a top security meeting.
South Korean Deputy National Security Adviser Kim You-geun, in turn, told reporters on Tuesday that the destruction of the Kaesong office “broke the expectations of all people who hope for the development of inter-Korean relations and lasting peace on the [Korean] peninsula”.
The official made it clear that “the North is entirely responsible for all the consequences this might cause”.