N. Korea Cuts Military Hotline, Warns of War 'at Any Moment'

Move may strand hundreds on wrong side of border

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 27, 2013 4:56 AM CDT | Updated Mar 27, 2013 5:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pyongyang, declaring that "under the situation where a war may break out at any moment, there is no need to keep North-South military communications," has cut another key hotline to the South, CNN reports. The "dialogue channel" Pyongyang has cut is used daily as South Korean workers cross the border to the Kaesong Industrial Complex, a joint economic zone on the north side of the border, and around 900 workers from the South may now be stranded, the AP reports. The only remaining communications link between the Koreas is an aviation hotline.

A North Korean man walks past propaganda posters in Pyongyang today.
A North Korean man walks past propaganda posters in Pyongyang today.   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of Panmunjom.
A North Korean soldier looks at the southern side through a pair of binoculars at the border village of Panmunjom.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
North Korean university students walk past propaganda posters in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 26, 2013 that rally the people to fight US imperialists.
North Korean university students walk past propaganda posters in Pyongyang, North Korea, on March 26, 2013 that rally the people to fight "US imperialists."   (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)
South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
South Korean army soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near the border village of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 26, 2013.   (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
Two North Korean soldiers look at the southern side while they patrol at the border village of the Panmunjom (DMZ), in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Two North Korean soldiers look at the southern side while they patrol at the border village of the Panmunjom (DMZ), in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, March 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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