The paper shows photographs taken during the moment the Kaesong Liaison Office was blown up – a major blow to cross-border peace. The provocative snaps were taken on Tuesday as the hermit kingdom’s military destroyed the office, which was set up in a border town as part of a 2018 peace agreement between the two countries’ leaders.
Kim’s latest move has been likened to when “a little kid throws a tantrum on the floor because they didn’t get what they wanted at the supermarket”.
Pictures showing the building before and after it was destroyed were published on the second page of Rodong Sinmun, the state newspaper, alongside a statement by the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA).
The military leadership promised to defy a 2018 inter-Korean peace treaty by sending soldiers into demilitarised zones.
Rodong Sinmun is owned by the ruling Workers’ Party.
A series of articles by state news agency, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and commentaries criticising South Korea were published on page two.
One article carried the headline “Ominous prelude to total catastrophe of North-South relations,” referring to the office’s destruction.
Social media users accused Kim of using immature tactics to get his point across.
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Pyongyang is incensed over defectors teaming up with South Korean activists to send anti-North leaflets across the border in balloons.
It has said the actions violate a series of peace agreements between the two nations.
The KCNA said the four-story office was decimated in a “terrific explosion” and branding defectors “human scum”.
The office in the town of Kaesong was empty at the time of explosion.
Any moves to invalidate cross-border peace deals pose a major setback to South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in’s efforts to foster more lasting reconciliation with the North.
And they could also complicate efforts by US President Donald Trump to persuade Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear and missile programmes.
On Monday, President Moon offered to send his national security adviser Chung Eui-yong and spy chief Suh Hoon as special envoys.
But Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a senior ruling party official, “flatly rejected the tactless and sinister proposal”.
KCNA branded the behaviour of the South “irresponsible”.
The state news agency said: “The solution to the present crisis between the North and the South caused by the incompetence and irresponsibility of the South Korean authorities is impossible and it can be terminated only when proper price is paid.”
Kim Yo Jong also harshly criticised President Moon in another KCNA statement.
She claimed he had failed to implement any of the 2018 pacts and “put his neck into the noose of pro-US flunkeyism”.