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A South Korean conservative activist burns a North Korean flag showing a picture of its leader Kim Jong-Il during an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul on May 25, 2010 after South Korea announced reprisals against North Korea for the sinking of a warship.
The North Korean state news agency reports Pyongyang will cut all ties with Seoul in the wake of an international investigation that found the North responsible for sinking a South Korean battleship in March. KCNA says the North will expel South Korean workers from a jointly run factory, cease communication with the South, and ban the South’s vessels from its waters and airspace. Are these idle threats? How will the diplomatic impasse affect the economies of the two nations—and global politics?
Gordon Chang, author of Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes on the World
James Person, Project Coordinator at the North Korea International Documentation Project, which collects historical data on North Korea for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington