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article imageNorth-South Korea Border Reopens amid Threats of war

By Leo Reyes     Mar 17, 2009 in Politics
North Korea announced Thursday the opening of its borders with South Korea without giving any reason for its sudden decision. The North Koreans closed its borders last March 9 in protest of the US-South Korea military exercises in the area.
In a surprise move, the North Koreans opened its borders to South Koreans Thursday without explaining the reasons for the sudden decision, the South’s Unification Ministry said.
North Korea shut its border to South Koreans last March 9 in protests of the 12-day US-South Korea military exercises which the North claimed was a threat to its security.
Yahoo news reports:
The border closing was part of a recent series of aggressive moves by North Korea, which included cutting the last remaining communications channel between North and South; saying that the North could not guarantee the safety of South Korean passenger jets in its airspace during the annual joint military exercises; and threatening to retaliate if a "satellite" launch from its northeastern coast was intercepted, saying interference would "mean a war."
The US and South Korea are wary of the satellite tests being conducted by the north which action also drew protest from Japan.
U.S. and South Korean officials have said that North Korea appears to be preparing to test-fire its long-range missile, the Taepodong-2, under the guise of launching a satellite into space. The missile is thought to have an intended range of about 4,200 miles (6,700 kilometers) that, if true, could give it the capability of striking Alaska or Hawaii.
Japan warned North Korea on the satellite tests, saying: ‘Japan is legally able to shoot down the object to secure safety if it looks like it will fall on Japan’. The UN banned North Korea from engaging in ballistic missile activities.
North Korea has informed an international organization that it was planning to launch the satellite. The announcement angered the US, South Korea and Japan. They claim that the test is in preparation to test-fire a long range missile under the guise of a satellite launch.
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