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North Korea threatens to invade Demilitarized Zone

Hostilities have been increasing between the two Koreas

Photo: ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images

The North Korean army released a statement threatening to invade the Demilitarized Zone between the dictatorship state and its South Korean neighbor.

The alarming statement was released Monday to the Korean Central News Agency.

"Our army is keeping a close watch on the current situation in which the north-south relations are turning worse and worse, and getting itself fully ready for providing a sure military guarantee to any external measures to be taken by the Party and government," read the statement from the general staff of the Korean People's Army.

The Demilitarized Zone was established in 1953 after the Korean War in an agreement between the communist forces in North Korea, China, and the United Nations.

"We accepted from the United Front Department of the Party Central Committee and arms of the department in charge of the affairs with enemy an opinion on studying an action plan for taking measures to make the army advance again into the zones that had been demilitarized under the north-south agreement, turn the front line into a fortress and further heighten the military vigilance against the south," the statement continued.

The army indicated that it would be awaiting approval from the Party Central Committee about what action to take.

The DMZ is about 160 miles long and 4 miles wide.

Hopes were high for a growing peace between the two nations when North Korean President Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in the DMZ in April 2018, but hostilities have increased in recent weeks.

Here's more about recent relations on the Korean peninsula:

President Moon urges N. Korea to remain open to dialogue www.youtube.com

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