North Korea Cuts Ties with the South

May 26, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

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South Korean conservative protesters hold an anti-North Korea rally on May 26, in Seoul, South. North Korea's dictatorship said it is cutting all ties with South Korea and will expel all South Koreans working in Industrial Region near the border.  (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
South Korean conservative protesters hold an anti-North Korea rally on May 26, in Seoul, South. North Korea's dictatorship said it is cutting all ties with South Korea and will expel all South Koreans working in Industrial Region near the border. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
North Korea's dictatorship said it is cutting all ties with South Korea and will expel all South Koreans working in the joint-industrial zone in the Kaesong Industrial Region near the border. The move comes in reaction to Seoul announcing on Monday that it was suspending trade with Pyongyang and would be forbidding North Korean ships to enter its waters.

Tensions between the archrival nations grew significantly after international investigators confirmed that a torpedo belonging to North Korea struck and sank a South Korean warship patrolling in the Yellow Sea. All 46 sailors on board were killed in the attack.

The North's communist regime denied any involvement and accused the South of deliberate provocation, saying that its troops are braced for war.

The United States backed Seoul’s measures and the U.S. Defense Department said that joint naval exercises with South Korea would be conducted in the near future.