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North Korea to cut military hotline used to guide South Koreans to work

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2013

North Korea announced Wednesday its intent to cut a main military hotline that gives South Koreans the ability to travel across the border to work at an industrial complex that's jointly owned and operated.

This is the second hotline cut from North Korea. Earlier, Northern authorities cut one for the Red Cross, various media reported. CBS says one hotline is still operational: The line that links the two countries' aviation systems.

More than 900 South Koreans were working at the Kaesong industrial complex on Wednesday, when the announcement was made, CBS reports. The hotline is used to communicate with these workers during their commutes to the facility.

North Korea has been responding in anger to the joint military drills the United States and South Korea have been conducting, as well as to sanctions from the United Nations that were imposed from its Feb. 12 nuclear test.

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